Webinar: Making Cents of Solar Data: How Well Does Your Plant Actually Function

Webinar: Making Cents of Solar Data: How Well Does Your Plant Actually Function

Dive deep into PV underperformance and SCADA.

By: Adam Baker


About the webinar

Just because your car starts and gets you to your destination doesn’t mean it’s running well. The same can be said for a solar plant that starts up in the morning and reaches design capacity. Is it actually running well?

With utility-scale sites’ slim margins, controls and monitoring systems would seem an obvious way to keep a close eye on plant operations to avoid underperformance. However, most solar plant SCADA systems do not provide the level of detail necessary to locate issues that cause small losses in production.

Solar plants are complex systems with thousands of components, each of which could be in a less than optimal state at any given time. The effects, often small and difficult to detect, can translate to tens of thousands in revenue. The experience and expertise to find these conditions should be based on actual data from your monitoring system, not inferred from changes over time.

You'll learn how to

Discover how to configure comparative, normalized data in your SCADA system for a better overall performance picture. Learn common site failures and how to ensure you have the data to ensure optimal and maximum PV solar output.


Adam Baker - PV Solar | Affinity Energy

Adam Baker is Senior Sales Executive at Affinity Energy with responsibility for providing subject matter expertise in utility-scale solar plant controls, instrumentation, and data acquisition. With 23 years of experience in automation and control, Adam’s previous companies include Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), First Solar, DEPCOM Power, and GE Fanuc Automation.

Adam was instrumental in the development and deployment of three of the largest PV solar power plants in the United States, including 550 MW Topaz Solar in California, 290 MW Agua Caliente Solar in Arizona, and 550 MW Desert Sunlight in the Mojave Desert.

After a 6-year stint in controls design and architecture for the PV solar market, Adam joined Affinity Energy in 2016 and returned to sales leadership, where he has spent most of his career. Adam has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and has been active in environmental and good food movements for several years.