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Solar power technology is advancing, and digital technology can help.

Some solar farms stretch over several acres of lands, making it difficult for workers to closely attend to it. Problems can take more time to fix because of how far away a solar panel is and because of the it takes or order spare parts.

With digital technology, workers are able to remotely monitor the solar panels and even predict whenever something may go wrong.

‘It’s like having a crystal ball,” says Matt Perkins, chief digital officer of GE’s Power Conversion business. “If I can use machine learning and data science to help operators see the future performance of the 1 million parts of a solar farm, then I can have somebody out at the plant every Monday morning with a list of all the problems that will happen. He or she can do all the work by 1 p.m. on Monday and be done with the maintenance for the entire week or longer.”

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(Credit: GE Reports)
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