BERKELEY, Calif. — New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has validated Bright Harvest’s Remote Solar Design report as an approved method to analyze shading for the NY-Sun Incentive Program.

NYSERDA’s validation study compared Bright Harvest’s remote shading analysis to on-site measurements recorded with the Solmetric SunEye and concluded that Bright Harvest reports can now be used for their incentive program.

Bright Harvest’s remote shading analysis is now one of four methods with which installers may apply for NY-Sun solar incentives. Installers in New York can use Bright Harvest reports to save on soft-costs while obtaining accurate, reliable data. In addition to a per-module shading analysis, Bright Harvest reports also include an optimized design complete with a scaled layout and full production estimate.

Additional Validation
Prior to NYSERDA approval, Bright Harvest reports had been validated by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL (PDF) evaluated Bright Harvest remote shading analysis and their ability to remotely measure azimuth, pitch, tilt area, and energy generation, finding high levels of scientific equivalency to on-site measurements.

Joel Lusk, Bright Harvest CEO, remarks, “The NYSERDA and NREL validation studies are encouraging a shift away from more costly and outdated technologies. Remote analysis brings new opportunities to reduce risk and streamline project development. We are pleased to see a growing number of solar installers and government agencies are realizing the advantages of using our reports.”

Looking Forward
Energize Connecticut, Connecticut’s state initiative for energy efficiency, is currently evaluating Bright Harvest’s shading analysis and is expected to approve Bright Harvest methods with more states to follow.

About Bright Harvest:
Since 2011, Bright Harvest has been developing technologies that enable remote solar design to be accomplished accurately, efficiently, and reliably. Clients have successfully installed Bright Harvest designs by the thousands, across the US. Bright Harvest is headquartered in Berkeley, California and services US residential addresses in all 50 states.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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