Startups are leading the way as the world switches to renewable energy to combat the effects of climate change.
While several companies are developing solar technologies to help India make the shift, California and Bengaluru-based SenseHawk is approaching things differently. The SaaS startup aims to help solar companies monitor solar plants, streamline processes, and use automation to increase productivity.
Founded in 2018 by Swarup Mavanoor and Rahul Sankhe, the AI-powered SaaS startup offers a cloud-based platform and an integrated set of applications to support everything from solar plant design and construction to operation and maintenance.
Speaking to YourStory, Co-founder and CEO Swarup says prior to starting up, the duo was working for renewable energy company SunEdition where he was responsible for leading the solar irrigation segment while Rahul held the position of Managing Director, India, and Director, Residential Solar Business, Asia Pacific Region.
“Whenever we met, we discussed and realised that we were always caught unaware by problems that occurred at some point in time through our development, construction, and commissioning processes. We never believed we were making optimal choices in terms of acquiring a piece of land or creating a budget. We always used to eat into our contingency budget; the reason was lack of good data, ” Swarup says.
He explains that most data was in “Excel sheets, emails, and people’s minds”. Apart from this, data on the land where panels need to be built was also not available.
The duo decided to solve these problems by tapping technology.
“Our first shot at this was getting data. We started using drones to monitor solar projects. This data was useful for engineers and other people to make decisions. That’s how we started SenseHawk,” he says.