Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022: Markets, Trends and Leading Players

by Cedric Brehaut

Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) track the output, performance, and health of a PV system or a group of PV systems. Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, which also allow operators to change the PV plant’s behavior via control commands, are usually reserved for large industrial or utility-scale PV assets. Both DAS and SCADA systems fall under the generic term of ‘monitoring’ and integrate into a broader software ecosystem that includes maintenance management, asset management, commodity trading, and more.

GTM Research and SOLICHAMBA have partnered to release the 2017 edition of the solar industry’s only comprehensive analysis on global PV monitoring and control software markets, technologies and vendors.

This comprehensive 175-slide report, accompanied by supporting Excel data sets, analyzes global markets and competitive landscapes for monitoring and control software, including 62 vendors that account for 160 GW of monitored PV capacity in operation.

The extensive coverage includes 14 key markets across 4 continents:

  • Europe: Germany, Italy, U.K., France, Spain
  • North America: U.S., Canada
  • Asia Pacific: China, Japan, India, Australia
  • Latin America: Chile, Mexico, Brazil

Globally and for each market, the report dives into:

  • Current market size by year of installation and segment (residential, commercial, industrial, utility-scale)
  • Market forecast to 2022 by segment with market drivers/outlook
  • Competitive landscape tables with top players overall and in each active segment, ranked by monitored capacity in MW (except China, Mexico, Brazil)
  • Competitive landscape map, per sample below (except China, Mexico, Brazil)
  • PV monitoring trends and outlook                                                                                   

It also provides 46 company profiles of vendors across three categories: independent software vendors (ISVs), inverter manufacturers, and downstream/services firms. Each profile includes the following information:

  • Monitored PV fleet capacity in megawatts and site count in 2015YE, 2016YE, and 2017H1, by segment and country
  • Monitored PV fleet growth in megawatts in 2016 and 2017H1, by segment and country
  • Vendor ranking (and category ranking for ISVs and inverter manufacturers) in 2015 and 2017H1, by segment and country
  • Monitored fleet capacity in megawatts for wind plants, energy storage systems, other renewable power plants, and more
  • Functional scope of monitoring software and other related software
  • Key company facts (markets and segments served, headcount, parent company, differentiation messages, and more)
  • Vendor rankings and M&A activity

Vendors profiled: 3E | ABB | AlsoEnergy | BayWa r.e. | carbonTRACK | CONTEC | EKOGRID | Emerson | Energy Intelligence | Energy Team | Enphase Energy | ETAP | Gantner Instruments | GreenPowerMonitor | Higeco | Inaccess/Draker | Isotrol | KOSTAL | Krypton | Laplace Systems | Locus Energy | MachinePulse | Mana Aggregator | Meteocontrol | MKI | Neosilica | Novaproject | NTT Smile Energy | PassivSystems | Power Factors | PowerDash | Powerdoo | PVH | QOS Energy | Rtone (Rbee Solar) | S4E (PVSOFT) | SDS (Solar-Log) | SMA | Smartblue | Solar Analytics | SolarEdge | SolarMAN | Taoke (Smart-PV) | TMEIC | Trimark | Webdom Labs

Other vendors analyzed: BaxEnergy | Erisis | Fronius | Industrial Knowledge | Ingeteam | Onamba | One ID | PADCON | Papendorf SE | Polimatica (Helius) | Proxime (SunGuard) | Satec | Schneider Electric | Sinapsi (eSolar) | skytron energy | Suntrix Monitoring

Download the free report brochure to see the top-ranked PV monitoring firms.


This report is part of our PV Systems & Technologies service. To learn more, please contact solarsubscription@gtmresearch.com.

Cedric Brehaut Executive Consultant

Cedric Brehaut is an independent business consultant in solar photovoltaic (PV) performance monitoring and analytics, operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management, and the author of the industry’s most comprehensive market reports on these domains. Since he founded SOLICHAMBA in 2011, Brehaut has been providing strategic consulting services to many solar industry leaders and served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator grant applications.

A recognized domain expert, Brehaut is commonly quoted in renewable energy media around the world, such as Greentech Media (U.S.), PV Magazine (Germany and U.S.), Photovoltaik (Germany), PV Insider and PV Tech (U.K.), and QualEnergia (Italy). Brehaut also frequently speaks at industry conferences such as Solar Asset Management (Europe and North America), GTM Solar Summit, Intersolar, PV O&M USA, and Solar Power Asset Management and Performance.

Cedric practices martial arts and enjoys traveling. Born in France and now living in San Francisco with his wife and two young children, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

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