Retrofit for Italian PV O&M provider: Uniforming monitoring system on its O&M Portfolio



Photo credits: Stern Energy
Photo credits: Stern Energy

Stern Energy opts for monitoring from meteocontrol

Augsburg/Parma, 07/11/2017 – Stern Energy S.p.a has reached a decision: The Italian O&M operator of photovoltaic systems will further rely on the monitoring platform of Germany-based meteocontrol GmbH to run operations on its portfolio. 25 MWp of the overall 195 MWp installed power that Stern Energy monitors and operates in Italy are already integrated in VCOM (virtual control room) and therefore can be monitored and controlled by means of the central platform. Stern Energy receives direct, on-site support in the Italian language by meteocontrol Italia S.r.l.

“We want to provide our customers with optimal systems performance and maximum returns, while working effectively and cost-efficiently,” explains Stefan Torri, CEO of Stern Energy. “That is why we decided to place all the solar parks onto one monitoring platform. The first 25 MWp have already been integrated in the VCOM central monitoring portal and another almost 30 MWp are currently in the project pipeline.”


With the modular structure of its monitoring solution, meteocontrol offers the best conditions for the implementation thereof. The scalability of the system allows the hardware and software to be adjusted to meet complex park layouts, constantly growing technical requirements and currently applicable standards. “We can also integrate existing systems in the VCOM with a wide range of software solutions and hardware components,” explains Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. “If it’s necessary to retrofit with hardware, as is partially the case with Stern Energy, the costs are relatively low in comparison to complex operation management with different systems and portal environments.” In addition, bundling all systems onto one monitoring platform creates transparency and comparability, thus enabling the early detection of any hidden errors as well as a prompt response in the event of a disruption.


“We’re looking forward to having a long-term partnership with meteocontrol. The products and solutions are high-quality and represent state-of-the-art technology. The support and services from meteocontrol provide optimal assistance during implementation. In addition to the ongoing retrofit of the current 13 MWp, we are in the final negotiations with our customers regarding the modification of another 15 MWp,” reports Stefan Torri of Stern Energy.


About Stern Energy

Stern Energy S.p.a. is an independent operator specialized in photovoltaic systems, offering technical, management and consulting services. Stern Energy achieved a full know-how in PV system through a decade of experience in development, construction, financing and management of several plants both of its own and of third parties.  Up today, the company has supplied with its services more than 200 MWp plants and cooperates with to the major international players in the photovoltaic market.  Currently Stern Energy has a management protfolio of more than 195 MWp, evenly distributed on the whole Italian territory over 7 single plants.


About meteocontrol

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Chicago (U.S.A.) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 43,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 12 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.

Further information:


meteocontrol Contact Details: 

meteocontrol GmbH, Spicherer Str. 48, 86157 Augsburg, Tel.: +49 821 34666-0, Fax: +49 821 34666-11, Managing Directors Martin Schneider and Robert Pfatischer;

Contact for Marketing and Communication: Barbara Koreis, +49 821 34666-40,


Media Contact Details:

epr - elsaesser public relations, Maximilianstrasse 50, 86150 Augsburg, Andrea Schneider,, +49 821 450879-18,



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