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Discover the Benefits of CleanSpark’s mPulse

Solar power is a popular option for many businesses, campuses, large estates and residences. It’s a renewable source of energy and can help reduce energy costs. The installation of solar panels for an energy system or a microgrid can significantly improve the property. It gives the ability to harness and even store solar power. The solar power can be used on the property or it could be sold back to the utility for energy credits when there are excess power stores.

Why Are Companies Choosing Solar Power Today?

There are many good reasons for businesses and homeowners to consider choosing solar power today. Let’s look at some of the top benefits of choosing solar power.

●      Save on the Cost of Energy– Solar power can help reduce the dependence on the traditional grid, which will help to reduce overall operating costs. Even with the cost of solar panel installation, they will begin to pay for themselves over time and reduce costs.

●      Low Maintenance – You will find that once the solar panels have been installed, there tends to be little in the way of maintenance. When there is maintenance, it can be handled by professionals and the cost of maintenance is low. There may be more maintenance needs for systems that include storage batteries.

●      Reduce GHG Emissions – Going solar also allows your company or home to shed dependence only on fossil fuels for energy. Even though you might still use the traditional grid, supplementing with solar energy can help the company go green. This is not only good for the environment, but it is something that your customers might be looking for in a company. Many people are looking for businesses that take sustainability seriously.

●      Storage of Power – When you opt for an energy system that has batteries, it becomes possible to store energy that can be used at a later time to reduce energy costs or even sold to the grid for energy credits.

These are some of the biggest benefits of solar power and one of the reasons that more people are contemplating this option.

Businesses, large estates and residential properties are opting for solar to take advantage of these benefits. Any building that has a demand for a significant amount of energy can also benefit from using solar power. Regardless of the type of facility, there needs to be a good and reliable way of controlling solar power and associated equipment.

This is where CleanSpark’s mPulse software can help, as it can work as a solar controller.

What is a Solar Controller?

A solar controller provides you with a platform that allows users to manage a wide range of energy assets like wind and generators, not just solar power. The tool can provide help for building management and energy storage solutions. The solar controller, or energy controller, puts the power at the fingertips of the users and there is a range of types of controllers that are available today. However, they are not all worth your time and money. mPulse could be an ideal solution to consider. Learn more about what this system has to offer and some of the reasons that it could be the right solution for you.

What is mPulse?

mPulse software is a platform that makes it possible to control or regulate the use of energy that has been gathered and generated through solar panels. The software will integrate easily with tools you already have in place and can provide you with control over how the energy is used in the energy system or microgrid.

Those who have been using the traditional grid for years will not be used to solar controllers. However, mPulse provides you with the ultimate control over your solar energy. The use of the tool could help you to control how and when the energy is being used, which can help reduce costs. The data could provide information about historic usage and potential future usage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best features of mPulse.

Dynamic Monitoring is Available

mPulse provides a substantial level of control for the energy system or microgrid that is in place. Dynamic monitoring is an important feature of proper control. The algorithms in the software can monitor the conditions of the system and respond quickly to help ensure future energy availability, as well as energy savings. It can also help ensure proper system integrity and users can optimize the controls to suit their needs. After all, different companies and homeowners may need to use their solar controller in ways that can best meet their energy requirements.

Modular Design

One of the other major features and benefits of the solar controller system is that it is modular. This means that it can be added onto and adjusted if needed. It can support energy systems that are simple or complex with ease. The controls hardware for the system uses only high-quality products from Tier 1, ISO 9000 vendors. These controls make plug-and-play possible. The system’s design is meant to scale and change as your energy needs evolve.

The Tool is Technology-Agnostic

The mPulse solar controller technology uses standard communication protocols and interfaces, and it can support a range of plug-and-play protocols. This means that it can work with a wide range of energy resources and management systems, including those you might already have in place. One of the major benefits is that you probably will not have to make major and expensive changes to your system. It should already be compatible with the controller from mPulse.

In addition to being agnostic to any specific system, the technology is also safe. The tech from CleanSpark considers cyber and physical security to reduce the risks of cyber threats to your business or home.

In today’s world, these types of threats are more prominent than they have ever been. Knowing that you are using safe and secure tech for your solar controller can help you rest a bit easier.

Forecasting

As you likely know, there could be changes in your solar power generation that occur abruptly. Some days, you may be generating more energy than usual, and other days you might be generating less energy. It can often be hard to gauge the power demands. Therefore, you need to have a solar controller that can offer responsive control and allow for changes as needed.

Fortunately, the mPulse solar controller offers benefits in this field that make it better than using scheduled control. This includes prioritizing battery discharge for the highest value targets and capacity-based peak pricing. The system can understand when it’s best to conserve the battery capacity for a rainy day when energy is needed. It’s also possible to adjust the control algorithms quickly when the rates change. This helps keep your energy costs lower.

Islanding

Another one of the features of the technology is called islanding. This means that you can use the microgrid like a utility of its own. It doesn’t need to have a connection directly to the traditional utility. If the utility in your area goes down and you can’t draw power from the grid, you will still be able to draw power from your grid that has been islanded. Even if there is a blackout, natural disaster or another power grid failure that disrupts power, you will still have access to energy for your location.

This is a major benefit for many types of businesses and homes. It will help ensure that there is no disruption. In cases where power is needed for the health and safety of the public like a hospital or a fire station, this is a major benefit. You will still have power and control over how the power is distributed. Islanding is also helpful for those rural businesses and residences where there is no connection to the traditional grid.

Other Benefits

When working with a quality solar controller like mPulse, you will find that you have a wealth of other benefits and features at your fingertips. These will help ensure that you have the ultimate level of control over the system and how you are using the energy. mPulse has utility interoperability, legacy asset integration, real-time data visualization, peak shaving, load following, load shifting, load leveling, and energy storage integration.

mPulse Provides a Range of Views and Reports

The solar controller offers several easyto-understand view summaries. The Analysis View is a view of the system performance. Users can analyze by asset to provide them with just the information they need. There is also the Operational Summary View, which can provide data on the electricity mix, PV generation, demand, net demand, and the battery states of charge (SOC). The Control Summary View provides you with an overall energy view, summary of the performance of the assets, baseline demand, and new demand information.

The information and data provided can give you a better idea of what’s happening with your energy system. As you can see, many benefits come from having a high-quality solar controller. One of the other benefits of mPulse is that it’s not just a solar controller. As mentioned, it can work with other energy resources such as generators or wind power. This can provide more options and flexibility for your business or home.

Choose the Level of mPulse Solar Controller That’s Right for Your Needs

With this type of solar controller from mPulse, you will have several options available. Each of the tiers offers different features. The level of control required and the size of the facility or building can affect which of these options is chosen. There is Lite, Pro, and Max.

Starting at the lowest tier, you will find Lite. This tier will provide the fewest features. It allows for scheduled control and has a local HMI interface for monitoring. At this tier, you will need to pay a fee to change the schedule.

The Pro tier is a step up from Lite. It comes with the features of light, but you will not need to pay a fee to change the schedule. This tier also includes support for pre-configured alarms and alert distributions. The alerts can be sent via SMS or email. This level includes full cloud portal functionality and automated monthly reporting. The monthly reports are a nice feature as they can let you know more about energy generation and usage.

The Max level includes everything the previous tiers offer. It also includes ad-hoc reporting, data export and local economic optimization.

Take the time to determine which of the tiers will be the right solution for you at this time. Keep in mind that it’s always possible to upgrade if needed. When your business starts to grow, this might be something you will want to consider.

Choose the Right Solar Controller

When choosing a solar controller, it is essential to choose a system that will provide you with the types of features you need. It also needs to work with the energy system that you have in place. Not all energy controllers can provide you with all the features that mPulse can offer. Therefore, you will want to opt for a quality system like mPulse that can work with so many types of energy resources and technology.

It’s time to learn more about solar controllers and how they work. Our energy controls software can help you gain a better understanding of how to best configure your solar PV and energy storage for savings and energy security. It is easy to integrate with a range of energy resources, not just solar power. You can contact CleanSpark to ask any questions you might have and to learn more about the mPulse solar controller platform. You can get in touch through the website or by calling 866-245-1722.