German-based monitoring firm will develop and deploy monitoring and park optimization solutions to Zonergy’s emerging fleet of PV projects

Shungfeng owned meteocontrol has been selected to supply monitoring and remote control technology to Zonergy’s solar farm in Punjab, Pakistan. The 100 MW first stage of the park is near to completion, the company reports, with the plan being for it to grow to 900 MW on completion. Meteocontrol and Chinese PV developer Zonergy will come together under an agreement in which the German-based monitoring firm will develop and deploy monitoring and park optimization solutions to Zonergy’s emerging fleet of PV projects. Under the agreement, meteocontrol will supply Zonergy’s solar park in Pakistan’s Punjab region.

The Punjab project has been touted as reaching anything from 500 MW to 1 GW in a number of statements about the project in recent years, with the latest indication that it will have a capacity of 900 MW when completed. The Punjab project is to be completed as a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Meteocontrol will supply its generation II monitoring hardware, sensors and VCOM software, while designing the monitoring system, commission its installation and provide training.

The supply deal is a part of a larger partnership that will see meteocontrol further develop and deploy is hard and software solutions to Zonergy’s fleet, with the aim being to reduce O&M costs and optimize park performance and output.

“It is great pleasure to cooperate with Zonergy to provide professional and efficient solutions and service to the 100MW phase one project of the 900 MW terrestrial PV power station in Punjab, Pakistan,” said meteocontrol China General Manager Henry Luo. “This is also an excellent opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation on smart operation and maintenance management of PV power stations.”

Meteocontrol was acquired by Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) in September 2014. SFCE made a number of acquisitions across the clean energy value chain in 2014, including the then ailing module giant Suntech. After the spate of acquisitions, SFCE is in a consolidation year in 2014, looking to develop its acquisitions and see them return to growth. Certainly under SFCE’s ownership, meteocontrol is in a far stronger position to push into the Chinese solar market and to partner with Chinese developers such as Zonergy.

Meteocontrol claims to currently monitor 37,500 solar systems with a capacity of 12 GW.