Sorapro - The Solar Monitor

SORAPRO was founded in New Jersey by a team of engineers and solar enthusiasts who set a goal to research the shortfalls of renewable energy installations and create new solutions to correct them. By utilizing decades of experience in solar energy and intelligent software solutions, we simplify data acquisition systems by improving the installation practices of renewable energy monitoring systems. Our dedication to ease of use has set us apart as leaders in our field. The company is privately held by its founders as well as by financial partner Howarth Solar Energy.

All of our hardware and software products are developed, designed, and assembled in the U.S. Over the years, Sorapro’s products have been installed in over 4,000 projects, in homes, offices, factories, solar and wind farms. Our engineering department has built customized solutions that serve renewable energy and building managers domestically and around the world.

  • Founded three years ago by a team that includes Matthew Alestra, Jason McKinley, and John Howarth. Matthew has a background in hardware integration, while Jason and John are experienced in software integration and management.
  • In 2013, Sorapro introduced the VR01 for residential energy monitoring. The VR01 combines a dual purpose energy monitor for solar and load side reporting with an integrated internet gateway for ease of installation. The hardware was quickly hailed as the most flexible and affordable solar power monitoring solution in the market.
  • We monitor more than 3MW of solar power project sites across the U.S.
  • Sorapro’s software is now accessible on most internet browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, and Mozilla FireFox.

Sorapro is approved as a data provider for the PJM EIS SREC Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS). System owners in New Jersey as well as Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pensylvania, Virginia and West Virginia can use Sorapro’s revenue-grade systems to participate in the GATS for their Renewable Energy Credits (REC).

PJM EIS’ largest focus is to provide the reporting and tracking services of both emissions data and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) also known as, renewable energy certificates. Services are administrated by PJM EIS through the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS), which is owned and operated by PJM EIS.

For generation owners—both large merchant generation owners, and small business or residential generation owners—the GATS tracks the generator’s electric output for the issuance of the applicable RECs. The GATS also tracks the ownership of those RECs through their use by an electric utility for state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) compliance.

Sorapro is approved as a data provider for Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since it began operating in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

Formed under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, MassCEC is the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to MassCEC’s efforts in partnership with local and international clean energy companies, the investment community, research institutions, workforce development organizations, and businesses and residents, Massachusetts has installed hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar systems across the Commonwealth. These projects have created local jobs and local, home-grown sources of renewable energy, which protect public health and the environment.

With economic growth in mind, MassCEC invests in early-stage clean energy companies helping them to bring ideas to the marketplace. MassCEC supports responsibly sited renewable energy projects and provides municipalities, homeowners and businesses with the tools needed to finance and locate renewable energy projects like wind and solar. MassCEC also develops programs to build a strong clean energy workforce – including a successful statewide internship program – to give the clean energy generation the skills to compete for jobs in this emerging space.

These investments are producing results. The 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report showed an 11.8 percent increase in clean energy jobs between 2012 and 2013 – with the industry expanding by over 24 percent over the past two years.

MassCEC accelerates the growth of the Massachusetts clean energy industry through its three divisions. The Renewable Energy Generation Division provides financing and planning assistance to communities, businesses and residents seeking to adopt clean energy projects including solar, wind, biomass, water and organics-to-energy technologies. The Industry and Innovation Support (IIS) Division works with clean energy businesses to grow their operations, provide training and workforce development, develop industry reports and sector analysis, and acts as a connector across the clean energy ecosystem from academia and incubators to entrepreneurs and investors. The Investments in Clean Technology Division provides strategic and early-stage investments growing clean energy companies in order to promote the development of innovative technologies, leverage private capital and create jobs in the Commonwealth.

Established by Chapter 23J of the General Laws, MassCEC receives funding from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1998 as part of the deregulation of the electric utility market. The trust is funded by a systems benefit charge paid by electric ratepayers of investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts, as well as municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program.