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Liberty Lake, Wash.-based Itron Inc. says it has expanded its capabilities with a dedicated meter for the solar market. The revenue-grade solar meter, which utilizes an Itron cellular communication module, helps monitor the energy production of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic systems.

Itron's new meter enables third-party solar providers to collect, store and upload a solar system's production data over an existing cellular network link.

"Cellular is a natural fit for the solar market," says Campbell McCool, marketing communications for Itron Cellular Solutions. "Cellular communications leverage existing infrastructure, making solar meters easy and affordable to connect, and can easily and cost-effectively scale as more solar resources are added in various locations. In addition, increasingly low rates make cellular an appealing option for solar providers."




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