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Weather Stations target solar energy plants.

Press Release Summary:

Weather Stations target solar energy plants.

Oct 11, 2013 - Designed for meteorological monitoring at solar energy plants, Weather Stations feature Weather MicroServer in weatherproof enclosure with panel temperature and solar radiation sensor. Solar 1 adds Orion all-in-one sensor with ultrasonic wind direction and speed measurements, impact rain sensor, and capacitive RH, temperature, and barometric pressure readings. Solar 2 features mechanical wind sensors, temperature and humidity sensors in radiation shield, and solid state barometric pressure sensor.

Columbia Weather Systems, Inc. - Hillsboro, OR

Original Press Release

Weather Stations for Solar Energy Plant Monitoring

Press release date: Oct 09, 2013

Columbia Weather Systems introduces a new line of weather stations for meteorological monitoring at solar-energy power projects. Several years of experience and industrial-scale customer base including Swinerton Renewable Energy and Deck Monitoring have helped CWS develop these offerings for a variety of installation requirements. All systems feature the Weather MicroServer in a weatherproof enclosure with panel temperature and solar radiation sensor(s).

• Solar 1 Weather Stations add an Orion all-in-one sensor unit with ultrasonic wind direction and speed measurements, a highly-accurate impact rain sensor, capacitive relative humidity, temperature and barometric pressure readings. “No moving parts” enhances ease of use and durability.
• Solar 2 Weather Stations feature the ease of the Vela all-in-one sensor package with reliable, mechanical wind sensors, temperature and humidity sensors in a radiation shield, and a solid state barometric pressure sensor.
• Solar 3 Weather Stations feature simply the Weather MicroServer with air temperature, panel temperature, and solar radiation sensors directly connected. Additional individual sensors are available.

Joe Brotherton, manager of the technical services team for Swinerton, reports that their operations and maintenance management offers performance guarantees based on site analysis. Monitoring weather conditions is vital to optimizing performance. Swinerton’s weather stations include the Orion sensor module plus a panel temperature sensor and two solar radiation sensors – one at plane of array and the other on a tracker. “We like the price point, always get a response, and it integrates easily into our SCADA system,” Brotherton says.

Columbia Weather Systems manufactures weather monitoring systems in the United States for industry and government agencies worldwide.