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Solar Monitoring—What is it, and How Does it Work?

Although solar panels have no moving parts and require virtually no maintenance, one of the commonly asked questions from many people considering solar is “how do I know if my panels are working properly once installed?” The answer to this question is pretty simple: solar monitoring software.
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How do solar monitoring systems work?

There are a few solar monitoring system options that are included with most solar panel installations. Monitoring software operates through a connection with your solar panels’ inverters. As your solar inverter converts the energy captured by your panels from DC to AC, it gathers and records information that allows a panel owner to check in on each panel’s production, power output, and performance, all from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. 

In addition to reporting your solar energy production, some solar monitoring systems offer you the ability to see your home or business’s energy consumption and compare it side-by-side with your production levels.   

What benefit does a solar monitoring system offer?

Solar monitoring systems can be invaluable to a home or business owner. When a solar monitoring system is paired with a battery storage solution, it can help a home or business owner identify peak consumption periods, when rates are typically at their highest, allowing them to switch to their stored energy supply. 

Solar monitoring systems also offer the ability to compare historical data, helping to identify performance patterns resulting from weather conditions or seasonal conditions. Additionally, the use of data gathered from monitoring software can help a property owner spot a potential problem with a specific panel or inverter and identify repairs that may need to be made to your system.

 

 

To learn more about whether solar panels with a monitoring system to your property, contact an All Energy Solar representative.

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Categories: Solar FAQ, Technology
Posted on August 27, 2021