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Solar power has been a boon to monitoring and controlling remote sites. Without it, industry would be forced to implement much more costly power systems. But, solar power has its own issues including high capital and operating costs, not to mention operating hassles such as panel failures and vandalism. For every 2,000 field sites it is estimated that 70% of all unscheduled service calls are power related incidents caused by damaged solar panels or battery failures which result in over 1,300 hours of service calls.
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