Raptor Solar, a new analytics and insights platform developed by Raptor Maps, will be used at Cypress Creek Renewables. The software standardizes data and analyzes results to improve productivity. This will allow Cypress Creek Renewables to maximize power output and return from their extensive portfolio of 3.9 GW sites, which includes over 300 company-owned sites and third-party-managed sites, in 19 states.
Raptor Maps provided photovoltaic module inspections to Cypress Creek for more than a decade. It creates digital twins of Cypress Creek’s solar arrays, offering a bird’s-eye view of portfolios, enabling a host of associated features that allow them to optimize performance.
“We’re excited that Raptor Solar allows us to digitize portfolios, make data-informed decisions and enable a new phase of growth for Cypress Creek and our clients,” says Jared Kirk, vice president of operations and maintenance at Cypress Creek Renewables. “Output from the software allows us to be more proactive in decision making with a higher degree of confidence. Raptor Solar’s productivity tools free up our time to focus on the overall efficiency and returns of our portfolio and those we manage for third parties.”
Unlimited inspection reports that are standard with Raptor Solar – including digitization of historical and third-party reports – allow Cypress Creek to inspect sites more frequently and in greater detail, gaining a continuous understanding of assets, including detailed and accurate comparisons over time.
Raptor Maps’ data model also includes information from Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA), Data Acquisition Systems, (DAS), and irradiance. This allows for more advanced degradation analysis using normalized temperatures deltas. This can help strengthen warranty claims.
“Our digital twins incorporate geospatial and electrical relationships to create a standardized data model across the entire Cypress Creek fleet,” remarks Nikhil Vadhavkar, CEO and co-founder of Raptor Maps. “Enterprises need to be able to click on a module in a fully populated digital twin, see factory performance data, trace the shipping container it arrived on, the moment the equipment was verified as installed, the inverter it is connected to, the performance of that inverter, current or historical issues with that module and the financial implications of O&M decisions. Cypress Creek recognizes that scalable software infrastructure is crucial to manage these 25+ year assets and we are proud to support their digitization efforts.”
“We’ve tested Raptor Maps’ insights platform and found its data and learnings to be reliable, practical and very actionable. With a digital model of our solar portfolio and the features associated with it, we save time in the field and improve our productivity and competitiveness,” says Mitchell DuRant, Reliability Engineering Program Manager at Cypress Creek. “The app also makes it easy when in the field to navigate to panels associated with anomalies, store geo-tagged photos and site notes and keep a record of maintenance histories.”