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Geostellar Platform Guide and Documentation v2.0 030811

Geostellar Platform Guide and Documentation v2.0 030811

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User Guide to Geostellar's Big Data Geomatics Platform for Solar Power Development
User Guide to Geostellar's Big Data Geomatics Platform for Solar Power Development

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Utility-scale Development
PLATFORM GUIDE
Utility Scale and Behind the MeterRELEASE VERSION 2.0DOCUMENTATION VERSION 2.0March 5, 2011 
Commercial and Residential-Scale Development
1775 Wiehle Ave, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190304-260-8585support@geostellar.comwww.geostellar.com
 
PLATFORM OVERVIEW
Geostellar’s solar power geomatics platform (“Geostellar”) supports the processes of developing and operatingground and roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) production facilities that are grid-tied or behind-the-meter. Geostellarprovides its subscribers with the following three primary elements:1.Google Earth-based site searching, browsing and visualization2.Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based mapping and site analysis3.Web-based information sharing and collaboration.This platform guide is intended to walk the project developer through the application of Geostellar in supporting theestablishment of solar power generation facilities at utility, commercial and residential scales.
Applications
The application of Geostellar will vary according to the processes, practices and objectives of the adopting organiza-tion. If applied appropriately, Geostellar can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire project develop-ment and operations continuum.With our new 2.0 release, Geostellar directly supports utility-, commercial- and residential-scale solar power projectdevelopment. In this release, every user has the opportunity to engage in both utility-scale and behind-the-meterdevelopment activities.The following list represents a standard set of activities that result in the profitable production of utility-scale solarpower:Power Market AssessmentLead Generation and MarketingProject Economic Modeling and Power PricingSite Identification and AcquisitionTechnology SelectionPreliminary Project DesignSecuring Transmission RightsProposals to Power CustomersNegotiating Power Purchase AgreementsSecuring Environmental PermitsNegotiating EPC ContractsProcuring Major Equipment
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Advanced Project DesignSecuring Loan Guarantees and Other IncentivesSecuring Project FinancingModeling, Monitoring and Forecasting Ongoing Production, Price and MarketLike all major Internet-based services platforms, the design and development of Geostellar is highly iterative andrequires the engagement of solar project developers to continue to evolve. Supporting the subscriber-facing systemsdescribed in this document are subsystems that process spatial and tabular data sources to generate the informationaccessed by the subscriber. An understanding of the big-data geomatic processes that are described in the technicalnotes will help you report issues and request new features. In many cases, new algorithms, models and simulationscan be applied to the Geostellar data store to address specific needs of subscribers in advance of their integration withthe member-facing systems.
Support
Geostellar provides support beyond our big-data geomatics platform. We are committed to the success of the projectdevelopers who select Geostellar as their modeling, analysis, search and collaboration platform. Our analysts andengineers are available to support any aspects of project development that might or might not directly apply to ourcurrent platform release. By supporting project development, we can continue to improve the capabilities of the plat-form, automate more project functions and processes and hone our algorithms against more real-world, operationaldata.The best method of contacting subscriber support is through an email that describes the activities you attempted onGeostellar, the results and the issues. Please be as specific as possible. We will typically respond to emails within afew hours at any time, day or night. You can also call our office during normal East Coast business hours.Geostellar Subscriber Support email:support@geostellar.comGeostellar main office phone number: 304-260-8585
Getting Started
This guide will walk you through the application of Geostellar in selecting, evaluating, securing and developing sites.The guide is structured in a way that introduces the subscriber to the major elements of Geostellar in the context of performing specific tasks. Please work your way through the entire guide in this order to familiarize yourself withthe operation of the platform.Solar power development is a team sport. While you may wish to assign specific functions and tasks to different in-dividuals within a team, it is important that each team member understands the capabilities of the complete plat-form.In this guide, the subscriber will become adept at applying Geostellar to effectively and efficiently develop a utility-scale and a behind-the-meter solar facility. There are three primary approaches to the system. Each of these ap-proaches will be useful at various times in the development process.1.Identify a potential site that meets certain development criteria using search filters
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