Solytic takes over SolarWorld’s PV monitoring portal

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Solytic will take over and continue to operate the “Suntrol” portal of the insolvent Solarworld Industries GmbH, starting from March 8.

Worldwide, 27,500 users are registered on the PV solutions monitoring platform, according to the Berlin-based start up. It added that the monitoring of the registered PV systems will be kept free of charge; and that new features are expected to be developed.

The portal is already in the hands of Solytic, which has run it on a server it manages, since December 2017. It contains the power and yield data of more than 23,000 PV systems with a total output of almost 330 MW.

More than a year ago, Solytic and SolarWorld embarked on a joint project to bring the portal up to date with the latest technology and develop new functions for customers.

With the insolvency of SolarWorld Industries GmbH in March 2018 the joint project was put on ice; however, the takeover should now make it a reality, Solytic said. “We are very happy that Solytic will realize our joint plans for a user friendly future for the portal and that it will thereby continue to be a free of charge portal for our customers,” said Markus Hund, director product & quality at SolarWorld.

Solytic received €3 million in financing from Vattenfall in March 2018. “Our customers benefit from an automated monitoring and a smart analytics, so they can substantially optimize the operation and maintenance of their solar assets,” said Solytic managing director, Johannes Burgard.

The Berlin start up acquired the monitoring portal from SolarWorld by prevailing against several bidders. The company did not respond to pv magazine’s request for more information.

The insolvency administrator of SolarWorld Industries GmbH, Christoph Niering, is currently in the process of liquidating the company, a spokeswoman for the law firm Niering, Stock Tömp, recently told pv magazine.

As a result, a large part of the machinery has already been priced and the negotiations with interested parties for various real estate properties are underway.

Most recently, the “Freie Presse” reported that there was “no serious prospect” anymore. In addition, the transfer company for the former SolarWorld employees will expire at the end of January. Around two-thirds of the former employees in the Freiberg plant have already been placed in other jobs, according to the local newspaper.