Hong Kong-based solar energy group Shunfeng International Clean Energy has launched Raising Power, a new independent service company in Germany.
The firm will focus on operation and maintenance services and offer technical management solutions for all PV projects, the company announced Friday.
Headed by managing directors Michele Rascher and Dirk Stahf and headquartered in Augsburg with offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, Raising Power will operate as an independent provider of technical operations management for renewable energy plants of all sizes from residential to commercial to utility scale and in any part of the world.
Speaking to pv magazine, Rascher said the company, which was established in July and currently employees 20 staffers, already boasts more than 500 MW of solar power under contract worldwide. Raising Power took over management of those plants from Augsburg-based PV monitoring company Meteocontrol, which was itself purchased by Shunfeng last year.
Rascher, who previously served as Meteocontrols business development manager, added that Raising Power is aiming to takeover technical operations management for a further 300 to 400 MW of PV plants by the end of the year, with the goal of 1.5 to 2 GW by the end of 2016.
Raising Powers suite of services includes optimization solutions for existing PV systems and will soon extend its reach to enhance the performance of other types of renewable energy solutions.
Supported by the deep-pocketed Shunfeng, Raising Power has vast resources at its disposal and boasts deep expertise in remote monitoring and decades of professional experience in the technical operation and management of PV systems.
"The market's potential is ripe and burgeoning," said Stahf. "For years, customers and industry leaders alike believed that PV systems were completely maintenance-free, which is why even many plants today are still not monitored, PV systems are not optimized and investors continue to lose money. Raising Power is committed to helping existing PV systems worldwide, 70% of which do not generate their maximum energy yields, to repower and optimize yields."
Raising Power custom makes solutions to meet clients' specific requirements and customers can choose specific service modules from the company's vast suite of solutions or opt for a complete all-inclusive service. As an OEM service provider, Raising Power also delivers comprehensive services on behalf of, and under the branding of, contracted technical operations-management companies or organizations.
"In addition to our complete and broad service offering for ongoing plant operations, we also thoroughly analyze and evaluate systems to detect performance gaps and take swift measures to resolve such issues — and we do this regardless of the components used, said Rascher. This is a primary advantage for investors as it prevents any conflict of interest when responding to problems or outages and customers do not forfeit any warranty rights when making claims."