The process of going solar doesn’t stop when your solar panels are installed. The Baker Way of doing business means we’ll be there to help you with your questions and ensure you have the ability to monitor your solar panel system throughout its long lifespan.
Solar monitoring makes certain that your solar panels are working properly by tracking the power output of your system. With solar monitoring, you gain 24/7 peace of mind that your panels are working as efficiently as possible. Importantly, you’ll also gain the ability to view how much money your solar system is actually saving you in energy costs. Solar monitoring gives you real-time visibility into the number of kilowatt hours of electricity your solar panels are producing at any given moment in time for San Diego solar power.
What you need to know about solar monitoring
Monitoring solar panel output is a great tool to continually track how well your solar power system is working. It’s an easy way to see the amount of energy you’ve produced and follow the proper power output of your solar panel system. Solar monitoring software allows you to easily view how many kilowatt hours of electricity your solar panels are producing at any given moment in time. In the unlikely event something were to go wrong with your system — a faulty wire or panel, for example — your solar monitoring system will pinpoint the specific issue so that you can resolve the problem quickly and efficiently. Solar monitoring also provides you quick and easy ways to track how much money your solar system is saving you in energy costs.
How a solar monitoring system works
Monitoring solar panel output allows you to see the energy your system is producing in a quick and simple way with software installed with your solar monitor. With solar monitoring, you can track not only your solar panels’ daily energy production, but its lifetime production as well. You can even access detailed information about your solar generation at any time online or with a mobile app. Not only will you be able to keep track of how your system is working, but by installing a solar monitoring system, we’ll be able to keep an eye out from our end of things as well. This helps to ensure that your solar system is running properly and efficiently. If it isn’t, solar monitoring helps us to respond quickly to get things working properly again.
Getting to know your solar panel monitor and solar monitoring software
The type of solar monitoring software installed will depend on your solar panel system and the type of inverters it uses. Whether you want real-time statistics or system updates, SunPower, Solar Edge, Enphase and Locus solar panels each include monitoring systems that allow access to information to help you to track all that you want to know about your system’s energy production.
What solar panel monitoring can tell you about your system
Solar monitoring can tell you if your panels are working properly and how good of a job they’re doing. With solar monitoring, you’re able to see how much your system is generating, when it’s producing the energy and whether your system is overproducing or under producing. Monitoring your solar panel output helps you make the necessary adjustments to be certain your system is working properly. Not only are solar monitoring systems able to tell you how much energy your panels are currently producing, but they can also keep you informed about much your panels have produced over time, giving you a sense of how much energy and money you’ve saved.
Baker Electric Home Energy will train you on solar monitoring
After you’ve received permission to operate your solar panel system, one of our closeout specialists will visit with you to walk you through your solar monitoring equipment and software. Our closeout specialists are extremely knowledgeable and will be able to answer any and all of the questions you may have concerning your solar monitoring system. They’ll take the time to review with you a binder of information we specifically assemble for every customer. The information in your binder includes important documents, such as your permits and warranty information, which help the closeout specialist give you the best explanation of how your system works. During the in-home visit with our specialist, you’ll be taken step by step through the specific online monitoring service installed for your solar panel system, so you know exactly how to view your system’s production at any time. If a central inverter was installed with your solar system, the closeout specialist will explain the different indicators on the inverter’s display screen, making sure you know just how your solar monitoring system works.
Types of solar monitoring systems
With every SunPower system, we install a unique monitoring system to track your daily energy production, allowing you to access detailed information about your solar energy generation at any time online or with a mobile app.
With your SunPower solar monitoring system, you’ll have access to important information such as the number of tons of harmful carbon dioxide that your solar system has kept you from emitting into the atmosphere over the lifetime of your system. The SunPower solar monitoring system also enables you to view your lifetime bill savings, as well as how much of your day’s energy usage came from your solar system versus any alternative energy source.
With a Locus solar monitoring system, you can efficiently manage your solar panels with a system that collects, stores and uploads a variety of energy data. Locus solar panel monitoring is used with a system that involves string inverters. Systems with string inverters work best on homes with shaded roofs. If your roof is shaded or if there’s another reason to use central inverting, the Locus solar monitoring software will be installed to allow you to access detailed information about your system’s energy production.
Enphase solar system monitoring is used when your system uses Enphase micro inverters. The Enphase MyEnlighten monitor uses a simple, mobile-friendly interface that allows homeowners to track their energy production, monitor the ongoing health of their solar panel system and share their data with family and friends. Enphase MyEnlighten solar monitoring software also comes with a system status indicator, which offers a quick way to make sure everything's running smoothly and properly within your system. In the event a mechanical issue occurs, the Enphase system indicator pinpoints the source of the problem and provides troubleshooting tips. Since Enphase is a micro inverter system, each solar panel in the array has it's own micro inverter. This allows for module-level monitoring.
If your system uses SolarEdge power optimizers and string inverter, then your solar system monitoring software will also come from SolarEdge. This monitoring system tracks your solar panel system’s technical and financial performance so you can view how much power you’re producing and how much money you’re saving on your electric bill. SolarEdge monitoring software can also automatically detect problems within your system and then troubleshoot any of those issues. The SolarEdge solar panel monitoring software includes remote service capabilities. If an mechanical or other issue occurs, these capabilities allow problems to be resolved quickly and easily to get your system performing the way it should. Similar to micro inverters, power optimizers are attached to each solar panel in an array, offering customers with SolarEdge monitoring module-level-monitoring.
To view a sample SolarEdge solar monitoring dashboard, click here.