Itron Inc. has released a new meter exclusively for the solar market. The solar meter utilizes an Itron cellular communication module and is designed to monitor the energy production of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic systems.
The company says the meter enables third-party solar providers to collect, store and upload a solar system's production data over an existing cellular network link. The current offering includes Itron cellular communications and associated Itron software.
Itron also offers a hosted server option so that solar providers do not have to worry about adding another system to manage and operate with in-house staff, the company adds. With Itron Managed Services, production data is collected and provided via Web services or XML files to the solar providers' in-house systems or Web-portal systems.