BP Solar has chosen Comverge Inc., a provider of smart-grid demand response and energy efficiency solutions, to develop data acquisition and deployment solutions using Comverge's recently announced Apollo integrated demand response platform, advanced metering infrastructure enabling technology and information command center technology.
The award is part of BP Solar's Department of Energy-sponsored project known as Solar America Initiative: ‘Reaching Grid Parity Using BP Solar Crystalline Silicon Technology.’
The new contract calls for Comverge to integrate its metering infrastructure technology utilizing its advanced PowerPortal In-Home Display. Developing interfaces that provide solar production and other system information, BP Solar will have the option to integrate demand response using ZigBee-enabled intelligent thermostats and digital control units. On-site systems data will be acquired and communicated off-site for performance monitoring, control, utility and customer information portals.