UL Acquires Solar Analytics Firm Clear Sky Analytics
18 May 2021

UL, a global safety science leader and one of the world’s top advisors on the development, evaluation and optimization of renewable energy projects, today announced the acquisition of solar analytics company Clear Sky Analytics’ proprietary software platform and related assets. Clear Sky Analytics co-founders Ajay Saproo and John Corson will also join UL.

Clear Sky Analytics specializes in distilling and interpreting operating PV solar plant data to improve performance by providing actionable insights.

The proprietary software platform analyzes solar asset performance and provides prescriptive insights. This acquisition expands UL’s solar offerings and the overall depth of its solar and wind renewables expertise which includes advisory services across project life cycle and supply chain, from due diligence to project development, certification, testing and inspection, asset management and reporting.

“We are delighted that Clear Sky Analytics platform is now part of UL and will help create a safer, more secure and sustainable world,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Inc. “With solar power as an emission-free, reliable source of energy, increasing and optimizing its supply enables communities globally to replace carbon-intensive energy sources and significantly reduce global warming emissions. The Clear Sky acquisition furthers how UL is applying human, brand and financial capital to help our customers deliver positive actions that benefit our planet, its people and the prosperity of future generations.”

Founded by solar industry veterans Ajay Saproo and John Corson in 2017, Clear Sky Analytics specializes in distilling and interpreting operating PV solar plant data to improve performance by providing actionable insights. Clear Sky Analytics’ proprietary software platform integrates data quality management, performance modeling and analysis algorithms to generate a comprehensive and quantitative accounting of energy produced and energy lost to specific causes. Saproo happens to be a BITS Pilani graduate from 1991, who went on to do his masters in the US post that. Before starting Clear Sky with John Carson, he was working at SunEdison as Head, reliability and Energy Analysis, where co-founder John Corson was also handling Reliability. Corson is a BA (Physics) from Harvard University, followed by a PhD in Physics from University of California, Berkeley.

“Enabling our customers to plan, finance, build, operate and manage solar energy projects is key to the overall transition from our fossil fuel energy present to a renewables intensive future,” said Jason Fischer, president, Enterprise and Advisory at UL. “Clear Sky Analytics’ cutting-edge prescriptive insight in the fast-growing solar market is the ideal complement to UL’s advisory, certification and testing services.  We are pleased to welcome Clear Sky Analytics to UL and are confident their deep expertise within solar will help drive continued innovation that will benefit our global customer base.’

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