Webinar: Solar Controls Decision Tree

Webinar: Solar Controls Decision Tree

What important decisions to consider before designing a solar site, and its control system.

By: Adam Baker


About The Webinar

The process of designing how a control system for a solar power plant should work is complex. There are a lot of decision points you can factor into how it should work.

Some decisions, solar owners never think about. They only focus on the bare minimum, and end up boxing themselves into a faulty design. Remember that a simple control system will cost a lot less, but may not give you the performance you really want from your solar site.

I'll be discussing 26 decisions you should be thinking about for smart solar operation such as: plant capacity, ramp rate, uncontrolled sources of power, battery storage, thermal derating, unavailable inverters, automatic voltage regulation mode, and inverter dynamic response profile.


You'll Learn How To

Discover how to design a control system that embraces and prepares for technology you know is coming, rather than trying to cobble together a retrofit solution later.


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.