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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedThursday, December 28,2017 at 2:13 PM
    Understanding module anatomy and the semiconductor process. https://goo.gl/cg2zRm
    
    How Solar Modules Work - Affinity Energy
    Not sure if you’ve ever sat down and analyzed how a solar module is put together or how it conducts electricity, but let's quickly talk through it.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, December 27,2017 at 11:49 AM
    Inverter curtailment controls to help co-ops introduce cost-effective solar production. https://goo.gl/W78g77
    
    Webinar: The Small Utility Solution to Overcome Solar Interconnection Concerns - Affinity Energy
    Luckily, there is an easy way to introduce cost-effective solar production to small utilities while still maintaining contractual obligations.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedMonday, December 18,2017 at 12:36 PM
    Most argue that alarming is one of the benefits that makes SCADA so valuable. Why then, do so many SCADA systems feature poorly designed and overly complicated alarm handling systems? https://goo.gl/aW5EZw
    
    Five Easy Ways to Improve the User Alarm Management Experience - Affinity Energy
    The experience an operator has with a SCADA alarm will only be as good as the investment that goes into planning and designing the system.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, December 13,2017 at 5:13 PM
    Powering remote devices can be a challenge. Instead of burying cable, power your I/O with solar modules and batteries! As long as the application is outside and gets some sun, it will power devices with no problem. https://goo.gl/wP6UT2
    
    Powering Remote I/O Using Solar Modules and Batteries - Affinity Energy
    Sometimes, powering remote devices can be a challenge. To bypass the cost and hassle of cable, we have developed and deployed systems powered by solar modules and batteries.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, December 12,2017 at 9:24 AM
    What’s on the horizon for PV plant controls? https://goo.gl/3StfaW
    
    Three Trends for Optimizing Utility-Scale Solar Ramp Rate Controls in 2018 - Affinity Energy
    The biggest problem with high penetration solar is ramping. That’s why the biggest change I predict for 2018 is an increased desire for ramp rate controls.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, December 5,2017 at 9:49 AM
    Soft skills every engineer needs to execute a successful project. https://goo.gl/Gd7xLA
    
    Why SCADA Engineers Should Develop Project Management Skills - Affinity Energy
    Many engineers hone technical skills, but never have the opportunity to develop the soft skills needed to drive greater project success.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, November 29,2017 at 4:22 PM
    Get a better picture of energy expenses by tracking consumption and demand by system, department, process, or product with submeters.
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    Submetering in 90 Seconds - Affinity Energy - YouTube
    When it comes to energy and power, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s where submeters come into play! Learn more at https://affinityenergy.com
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, November 28,2017 at 9:25 AM
    When solar downtime occurs, the last thing owners/operators want to be is in the dark. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen energy loss onsite and thought: This was totally preventable. https://goo.gl/smfpk2
    
    How Affinity Energy Helps You Manage Your Solar Assets - Affinity Energy
    There are so many challenges for PV solar sites. Fortunately for owners and operators, that’s where Affinity Energy’s solar expertise comes into play.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, November 21,2017 at 8:15 AM
    One of the questions we get asked a lot is, what meter makes sense to install for my particular application? https://goo.gl/1X2hch
    
    Meters and Meter Displays - Affinity Energy
    Meters come in all shapes and sizes. Which form factor is right for your environment? Let's consider ease of installation and future support.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, November 15,2017 at 1:54 PM
    Did this power quality event have an impact on my facility? Did it damage my equipment? How can I prevent this from occurring in the future?
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    Webinar: Schneider Electric's Power Monitoring Expert - Affinity Energy
    There's no great mystery around power quality. You don't have to be an expert to be able to analyze, root cause, and identify actionable items.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, November 14,2017 at 9:27 AM
    There is unseen value in connecting standalone equipment into a controls system to help it all work better together. https://goo.gl/WexifW
    
    Webinar: 7 Unique Ways to Optimize Solar Trackers - Affinity Energy
    With the sheer amount of data collected by trackers in particular, there are many opportunities to optimize solar output.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, November 7,2017 at 10:22 AM
    IRIG-B exists because it’s deterministic. Once the signal is sent out from the clock, we know exactly how long it will take to arrive and be recognized by the pieces of equipment connected to the clock. https://goo.gl/BbNomE
    
    Why You Should Use IRIG-B, Not NTP Server
    When you design your time-sensitive applications and systems, make sure devices that record events are synchronized using a GPS clock and IRIG-B protocol.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, November 1,2017 at 8:56 AM
    EPMS tools that provide real-time power consumption information. https://goo.gl/NjGxAZ
    
    EPMS Services in 60 Seconds - YouTube
    Did you know some energy efficient strategies like LED light bulbs and variable speed motors might actually cause power quality issues that permanently damag...
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, October 31,2017 at 10:45 AM
    Here are some solutions to keep in mind to reduce PV soiling. https://goo.gl/cmkaQG
    
    Increase PV Solar Panel Efficiency Through Soiling Monitoring - Affinity Energy
    In most cases, soiling takes care of itself through rain/wind storms. However, sometimes its effects become a negative impact on solar panel efficiency.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, October 24,2017 at 8:55 AM
    Smart plug strips (aka rack PDU) seem to be a very logical place to monitor loads. However, if you skip the PDU branch breakers and just monitor the plug-strips, you can create monitoring gaps. https://goo.gl/DpxEYP
    
    20 Amp Circuit Breakers: a Blind Spot in Data Center Reliability - Affinity Energy
    Engineering costs in data center power reliability, redundancy, and backups should show you how important monitoring a PDU branch circuit breaker really is.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedMonday, October 23,2017 at 9:39 AM
    These technology trends should be at the top of the list of considerations when evaluating the current SCADA system and whether or not to upgrade. http://bit.ly/2gC5iEl
    
     | Plant Engineering
    SCADA systems are rapidly advancing and companies should consider upgrading their software whenever possible because it will increase interactivity, planning, and communication within a company and improve the overall return on investment (ROI).
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, October 18,2017 at 8:54 AM
    I&C Short Tips - Helping Co-op Utilities Implement Solar
    A low-cost controls approach might enable small utilities to implement solar power in areas they might not have thought practical. Learn more at https://affinityenergy.com
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, October 17,2017 at 10:27 AM
    Is it really necessary to move solar trackers as close to the path of the sun as possible? https://goo.gl/p7f5Ay
    
    Moving a Solar Tracking System More Than Once Every Hour is Pointless - Affinity Energy
    Solar tracker systems don’t actually need to track the sun so dutifully. Small solar tracking system movements don’t actually provide more energy.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedWednesday, October 11,2017 at 2:46 PM
    How can QFs show they’re a valuable generation asset? https://goo.gl/goKQvf
    
    Webinar: Why Implement Active Power Curtailment on QF Sites? - Affinity Energy
    Active power curtailment isn’t just about flipping a switch to turn a PV site on or off. It’s having the controls to adjust site output between 0% & 100%.
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  • Affinity Energy shared an update
    PostedTuesday, October 10,2017 at 9:54 AM
    A distributed SCADA architecture can become inefficient with growth. Most prefer a more centralized approach, as the costs of maintaining the various systems become a challenge over time. https://goo.gl/ihrucy
    
    Multiple Facilities: Switching from Distributed to Centralized SCADA Architecture - Affinity Energy
    SCADA should begin with the end in mind: a project manager’s perspective. By: Ayanna Edwards As campuses and facilities expand, …
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