The partnership between Nautilus Solar Energy, an acquirer, developer, and operator of community solar projects, and AlsoEnergy, a Stem company, focuses on shared collaboration to streamline asset management for community solar projects in the C&l market segment. Headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, Nautilus Solar Energy has been actively involved in developing, acquiring, and operating community solar projects across North America since 2006. A streamlined system design process for Nautilus projects led them to use AlsoEnergy for 113 sites with a total capacity of 238 MW. Now, a codesigned template built for specific requirements smooths data configuration, and custom remote features quickly bring Nautilus sites up in PowerTrack, an application on Stem’s Athena® platform, allowing real-time data visibility within days of energization.
Nautilus Solar Energy faced several challenges as its project pipeline expanded. Their proprietary cell modems complicated the onboarding process, requiring repeated support for data configuration. Additionally, they needed to centralize their Data Acquisition System (DAS) and SCADA Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) setups to ensure consistent and accurate data across all projects, facilitating efficient analysis and operations. And they sought a partner capable of accommodating proprietary IP for quick asset onboarding.
AlsoEnergy provided a comprehensive solution to address Nautilus's challenges. AlsoEnergy’s edge-to-cloud platform and professional services streamlines asset onboarding, integrating owner hardware data and standardizing the entire portfolio on AlsoEnergy's PowerTrack application. This implementation maximized production, minimized downtime, and allowed for remote management of all sites. A template was co-designed to configure proprietary modem data with PowerTrack, ensuring quick and seamless onboarding of new assets. AlsoEnergy's support extended to training and coordinating with field teams during the construction phase. An API connection was created for older sites not standardized on AlsoEnergy's platform to ingest site data into PowerTrack, streamlining O&M and reporting. AlsoEnergy also enabled Nautilus to implement a fleet of cellular gateways for streamlined communication, remote SCADA access, and more accurate reports.
The partnership with AlsoEnergy yielded significant results for Nautilus. They grew their portfolio from 26 MW to over 230 MW in just two and a half years. Standardizing on AlsoEnergy's platform enabled Nautilus to estimate solar production across sites, distinguish real-time alerts efficiently, and enhance installation, commissioning, and O&M processes. PowerTrack provided advanced analytics and standardized reporting integration with each site's utility. As a result, Nautilus is on track to manage 1 GW of solar assets by 2028, marking a substantial achievement in its growth and operational efficiency.
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