Fat Spaniel Technologies has retooled its approach to create an entire suite of applications that renewable energy plant providers can use to management their plants, financing and marketing activities. The application suite, called Fat Spaniel Solar Plant Vision, is offered as a service for either plant operators or solar plant project organizers.
The company's previous product, called Insight Manager, handled a narrower set of features related to solar plant operation. The 500 or so companies that use that application will automatically be upgraded to Solar Plant Vision when it becomes available in October 2009. Pricing for the new software is sensitive to the overall size of the solar plant being managed, according to Tom Tansy, vice president of marketing for Fat Spaniel.
Fat Spaniel is also getting into the consulting business. It is introducing something called Solar Operations Services, which will provide operations staff experts that can help with various job functions related to commercial, municipal, federal, utility, education and residential solar projects.
Tansy says that most solar plant operators are managing their operations with very little historical information to guide the way. Fat Spaniel pledges to change this by rolling up the information and metrics it has been collecting from its customers into an aggregate format that plant operators can use as more reliable benchmarks. "There hasn't been a lot of knowledge applied to this problem so far," Tansy says.
Information about individual plant operations remains strictly confidential.
Here's more about the new offerings.