Solar-Log™ as a Global Leader in Residential and Commercial PV Monitoring

17. October 2017

GTM Research (the market analysis and advisory arm of Greentech Media) and SOLICHAMBA (a consulting firm specialized in solar PV O&M and asset management) conducted their annual global market analysis of PV monitoring. The "Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022" report confirmed Solar-Log™ as the global market leader for residential and commercial-size PV plants (under 1 MWp), in the independent software vendor (ISV) category. In the overall global ranking, Solar-Log™ continued its impressive run over the years by achieving third place.

Geislingen-Binsdorf, Germany, 17 October 2017 – GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) and SOLICHAMBA (San Francisco, California, U.S.) release the numbers for the global PV monitoring software market every year in their research report. More than 60 companies active in the residential, commercial, industrial and utility-scale segments were analyzed.

In the report, 80 % of the top 15 international companies provide inverter-independent systems. With its Solar-Log™ monitoring system, Solare Datensysteme GmbH achieved second place in this highly competitive market of inverter-independent monitoring. The company’s global leadership in the commercial plant segment with an installed power output up to 1 MWP clearly reflects that the strategy to operate as a neutral inverter-independent monitoring and management system is paying off. Here, the GTM report finds the Solar-Log™ system is ahead of the competition with 9.24 GWp, more than any other monitoring system, including inverter-integrated solutions.

After China, Europe has the largest PV market in the world. Germany continues to lead the European markets with a total PV output of about 42 GWp (by the end of 2017). In this key market, Solare Datensysteme is identified by GTM as the clear leader among both integrated and inverter-independent systems. In other countries such as Italy, significant growth has been recorded. Due to this positive overall development, the report finds that Solar-Log™ achieved first place in Europe for inverter-independent monitoring systems.

Countries such as India have growth potential – per GTM Research, in 2017 alone, India is recording a growth of 10 GWp, doubling the output to a total exceeding 20 GWp. Strong growth in PV energy has been observed in China and the US since 2016. Solare Datensysteme GmbH has been active for some time in these three markets and will continue to expand its market presence.

Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO Solare Datensysteme GmbH, sees the study as a confirmation of SDS's corporate strategy. "We believe the results of the new GTM Research study confirm that we are very successful with our broad portfolio that focuses on the residential, commercial and industrial markets. For the future, it is clear that we not only have to become more globally active, but also have to provide a wider range of services and to bring our know-how to markets that are at the initial stage of the transition to clean energy."