Solar Industry News & Insights

Raptor Maps Raises $22 Million

Raptor Maps Raises $22 Million

Solar Lifecycle Management Software Leader Raptor Maps Raises $22 Million to Advance Analytics & Insights Funding round led by MKB with substantial contribution from the Microsoft Climate...

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Raptor Maps and FLIR: Thermal Drone Best Practices

Raptor Maps and FLIR: Thermal Drone Best Practices

Raptor Maps partnered with FLIR for a five-part series with four videos and a live Q&A webinar on the use of thermal drones for solar inspection. The 4 part video series covers a variety of topics, we explain the best practices to follow when performing your solar inspections with thermal drones.

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Raptor Maps and senseFly Partner to Deliver Best In Class Thermal Drone Inspection Solution

Raptor Maps and senseFly Partner to Deliver Best In Class Thermal Drone Inspection Solution

We’re excited to announce that Raptor Maps, a Boston-based enterprise software company, has partnered with the Swiss-based drone provider senseFLY on the new senseFLY Solar 360. The collaboration between the two companies brings artificial intelligence solar software to industry-leading fixed wing drones. The automated thermal drone solution, combined with Raptor Maps’ software, is designed to maximize efficiency of solar farm inspections.

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Major Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Provider SOLV, Inc., a Swinerton Company, Selects Raptor Maps as its Partner for Nationwide Drone Inspections

Major Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Provider SOLV, Inc., a Swinerton Company, Selects Raptor Maps as its Partner for Nationwide Drone Inspections

Raptor Maps is proud to announce that is has been chosen to support SOLV’s drone operations in regards to post-processing and reporting on PV plant inspections. Raptor Maps software will be used for all commercial, industrial, and utility-scale solar installations managed by the SOLV team across the US, totaling over 4 GW of solar PV assets.

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How to Inspect a Solar Farm FASTER

How to Inspect a Solar Farm FASTER

This is the first of several articles to help you understand how to successfully inspect a solar farm with a drone and thermal camera. The goal of this specific post is to clarify how to reduce your drone solar inspection and flight time by more than 75% by adjusting the sidelap (lateral overlap) of your drone flight to 20%.

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Opportunities for Drone Inspections in Solar: PV System Commissioning

Opportunities for Drone Inspections in Solar: PV System Commissioning

The renewable energy sector has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years, and PV (solar) has shifted to the forefront of new clean energy development. Drones will play a key part in supporting this continued growth. Using drones within the commissioning of a new PV system is a quick and effective method to assess the quality and operational health of a new plant.

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Live Webinar: RMUS and Raptor Maps Present the Entire Process of Inspecting a Solar Farm and Creating Reports

Live Webinar: RMUS and Raptor Maps Present the Entire Process of Inspecting a Solar Farm and Creating Reports

Live Webinar: April 25th, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT. The Entire Process of Inspecting a Solar Farm–From Turning Props to Turning Wrenches. Join Jon McBride, VP of Technology at RMUS, and Nikhil Vadhavkar, CEO and co-founder of Raptor Maps for a webinar on how to perform a solar farm inspection, from flight planning and piloting the drone to the creation of final deliverables.

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Announcing the Winner of the Raptor Maps Contest

Announcing the Winner of the Raptor Maps Contest

We held a drone inspection contest last month to promote Raptor Solar and showcase some of the best drone pilots, service providers, and aerial thermographers on Earth. Entries poured in from around the world, including small commercial rooftop PV systems to utility-scale solar power plants. Find out who won!

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Raptor Maps Helps Launch The Engine at MIT

Raptor Maps Helps Launch The Engine at MIT

Yesterday, MIT launched The Engine (engine.xyz) to tackle “tough tech” challenges that will have widespread global impact. The Engine is bringing together funding, specialized equipment, affordable workspace, and startup expertise…

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Raptor Maps launches as a Y Combinator company

Raptor Maps launches as a Y Combinator company

After much anticipation, we’re super excited to finally announce that Raptor Maps is a YC company. It’s been a tremendous journey in the Summer 2016 batch. We’re excited to share our experience building innovative products…

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Space: The Here-and-Now Frontier

Space: The Here-and-Now Frontier

“Students in AeroAstro don’t have to wait 30 years for the next Boeing aircraft to come out, or for NASA to send humans to Mars,” says doctoral candidate Edward Obropta ’13, SM ’15. The chief technology officer of a young drone technology company…

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