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Open APIs (application program interface) and a mobilefirst design approach are also areas where we can learn from tech. The solar industry has a bad habit of assuming that proprietary communication protocols and data privacy will protect market share and limit the growth of new competitors. But what tech has seen is the opposite: By exposing our data to the creativity of others, we further our industry faster. There is data to evaluate, correlations to be made and conclusions to be drawn from solar project performance that none of us have yet thought of. For example, it’s often said that the cost of monitoring string-level performance is too high. But if we embrace low-cost cloud computing and add sensors to combiner boxes, we may be able to improve future electrical designs, reduce O&M costs with more targeted actions or optimize legacy project performance. By allowing

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