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Founded Year

2005

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$190K

About Solmetric

Solmetric aims to deliver accurate and easy to use solar test and measurement equipment. The company offer a solar access and shade analysis tool, the Solmetric SunEye. The Solmetric SunEye is an invaluable tool for the professional Solar Installer, Architect, or anybody who needs an accurate measurement of site-specific solar access and shading. Compact, rugged and easy to use, the Solmetric SunEye is a powerful hand-held tool that produces monthly and annual solar access and shade information instantly with the press of a button.

Solmetric Headquarter Location

117 Morris Street Suite 100

Sebastopol, California, 95472,

United States

707-823-4600

Latest Solmetric News

How Many 9s of Accuracy: The Future of Solar Performance Benchmarking

Mar 30, 2015

Print When Vivint Solar acquired Solmetric Corporation in January 2014, the industry murmured concern. It was another in a string of “arms race-level” events between several top national solar installers. But while SolarCity’s purchase of Zep directly affected only a small percentage of the industry, Vivint Solar’s move to acquire Solmetric cast a more philosophical shadow. Almost everyone in the solar industry depends on a SunEye — released in the mid-2000s to automate and increase the accuracy of data recorded using the  Solar Pathfinder , a long-standing industry standard for shade analysis — at some point in the project lifecycle to benchmark system performance and quantify shade impacts. From incentive programs to third-party financiers to performance modeling tools, measurement verification with Solmetric products has been deeply integrated into nearly the entire ecosystem of solar projects. Now, a year later, Vivint Solar announced its decision that the SunEye had “reached the end of the product lifecycle” and has discontinued the hardware as well as related software and services (e.g. PV Designer, Solmetric Shade Training, and SunEye Extension Platform). According to the press release from Vivint Solar , “the Solmetric team will be fully integrated into the Vivint Solar operating structure and be known as Vivint Solar Labs. The new research and development team will focus on proprietary photovoltaic installation instruments and software.”  With the end of the SunEye, the industry must now address two critical questions: What is the future of performance benchmarking? What is the right level of accuracy needed across all aspects of system design and performance modeling? Solmetric Defined Measurement While Solar Pathfinder released PV Studio and Assistant Software, many installers in the new rapidly growing grid-tied PV market found working with the Pathfinder was error-prone and took too long to analyze afterwards. Installers easily lost or misfiled Sunpath trace sheets, holding up a customer from receiving a quote or a rebate reservation. When the first iPhone came out in the summer of 2007, many solar professionals commented how great it would be if Solmetric built software for the iPhone. Don’t forget, the SunEye 100 was built on a Hewlett-Packard iPAQ PDA and retailed at $1,355. In Feburary 2010, Solmetric released “iPV,” the evolution of the SunTracker App developed by Imeasure Systems and acquired by Solmetric. I was offered at $39.99. Why hasn’t someone built a software replacement for the SunEye? Even with advances in native panorama image-stitching now available in iOS 8.2, increased onboard processing capabilities, and higher-resolution cameras, the size of the addressable market is still so small that it would be challenging to build a business around such a tool, even at a $100 or $200 price point. Software-Based Competition  A number of software-driven shade analysis solutions have come to market in the last few years including: Bright Harvest , a company that conducts remote system design with per-module production estimates for a given address based on 3D modeling of a property generated by photogrammetry techniques used on aerial imagery. Estimation of shade impacts via sunpath analysis are a subset of the Bright Harvest design process. SolarCensus , a technology company developing automated, LIDAR-based and analyzing the reflected light solutions to remote shade analysis. LIDAR is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser. Using this method, SolarCensus can develop an understanding of roof heights and slopes, obstructions, and then perform sunpath analysis on those areas, resulting in an insolation “heat map” of a roof. They currently hold several patents for their algorithms. Aurora , a cloud-based integrated proposal and design platform that leverages its patented algorithms to generate 3D images of customer sites complete with sunpath-based shade analysis on the resulting model. SunNumber uses publically available LIDAR datasets as part of their process to develop their proprietary SunNumber site suitability score. A solution like SunNumber is intended as feasibility and pre-qualification of customer sites as part of customer acquisition efforts. Aurora, Bright Harvest, or SolarCensus could substantially increase the accuracy of production estimations during the sales process. But could any of these tools eventually eliminate a site visit altogether? Estimating the average site visit truck roll at around $200, that adds up for installers operating at increasingly higher volumes and under more challenging price pressures. The trouble with eliminating the site visit is that currently only a qualified individual on premises can determine interconnection method and structural suitability. Currently, many other aspects can be estimated remotely except these two items. Many top solar companies are grappling with balancing the number of times to visit a site against potential savings or rework necessary later on. Viewing Page 1 of 2

Feb 27, 2015
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Solmetric Patents

Solmetric has filed 10 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Geometrical optics
  • Radiation health effects
  • Electronic test equipment manufacturers
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6/1/2017

6/23/2020

Solar thermal energy, Renewable energy, Radiation health effects, Energy conversion, Geometrical optics

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6/1/2017

Grant Date

6/23/2020

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Related Topics

Solar thermal energy, Renewable energy, Radiation health effects, Energy conversion, Geometrical optics

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