A solar monitoring system is a critical component of any solar energy solution, so choosing the right one is essential. You can leverage essential data from your system to maximize its performance, cost-efficiency, and even energy efficiency with a solar monitoring device. Think of your solar monitoring system as a "control center" of sorts, providing you with access to valuable information to make the most of your solar energy investment.
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A solar energy system is a significant investment, and you want to make sure you have all the necessary tools to get the greatest payoff. Selecting a high-quality, thoughtfully-designed solar system monitoring device will make it much easier to use, monitor, and maintain your system.
When you choose altE, you’ll have access to the best solar monitoring systems on the market, crafted by leading brands known for innovation, quality, and reliability. Whether your top priority is affordability, high-tech performance, or both, we offer options that will exceed your expectations. altE carries solar monitoring devices from Victron, OutBack, Schneider Electric, Enphase, and others. Our team can help you navigate your choices with ease.
A solar monitoring device operates through the solar inverter. Generally, inverters are engineered with basic, built-in monitoring software; however, many solar energy users upgrade to an external monitoring device like these because they provide more advanced solutions for more in-depth system performance and health analysis. They are also more user-friendly with better interfaces and, in many cases, remote access via the internet - either from a dedicated app or a web browser.
Because monitoring ultimately happens through the inverter, it’s vital to make sure the system monitoring device you choose is compatible with your inverter. Usually this means you’re restricted to a monitoring device from the same manufacturer as your inverter (though you still need to confirm the compatibility of the exact models).
From device to device, there is some variance in the metrics tracked by different solar panel monitoring systems. For example, the built-in monitoring that comes with most solar inverters is usually only capable of measuring the most basic PV production information. In contrast, a high-quality solar monitoring system can track, assess, and notify you regarding everything from energy production and historical performance to the impact of shade on your panels.
Depending on the system, you may be able to monitor:
Not only can you see current performance information, but you may also be able to view historical data. This makes it easier to pinpoint any changes in performance to make sure that nothing is negatively impacting energy production, consumption, and other factors.
Ultimately, the primary goal of a solar monitoring system is to optimize the overall performance to save you money – which is why this is a piece of equipment that we consider to be well worth the investment.