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AUTOMATED COMMISSIONING AND INSPECTION FOR PV SYSTEMS

United States Patent Application

20170288599
A1
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An electric system includes a local power controller and solar panel system that includes a plurality of solar modules on one or more branch circuits. A method for commissioning the electric system includes an installer using a commissioning device to send and receive information from a remote system and the local power controller performing an automatic self-test of the electric system. The results of the self-test may be packaged with photographs and measurements of the electric system and sent to a remote system where an inspector can inspect the electric system remotely. After receiving approval by the inspector, the local power controller may automatically activate each branch circuit of the electric system and thus enabling the electric system to generate electricity.
Chapman, Patrick L. (Austin, TX), Singh, Anant Kumar (Richardson, TX)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose CA)
15/ 087,594
March 31, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support under DE-EE0006035-SunPower (SunPower subcontract), through DE-EE0006035 (Fraunhofer CSE prime contract) awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.