Today’s homes are becoming smarter and more efficient than ever. One of the most effective ways to make your home energy-efficient and save money is by installing solar panels.
Solar manufacturers and installers understand that today’s customers are more informed than ever and they want access to real-time data to validate that they’ve made smart investments after they’ve made the purchase.
Monthly energy bills only tell part of the story. If you want to know how efficiently your system is performing and whether you’re getting your expected ROI, there’s a solution:
Solar monitoring systems.
With the help of these widely available devices, you can track and review performance data from your panels at any time.
In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about solar monitoring systems so you can get the most out of your new solar panels.
What is a solar monitoring system?
A solar monitoring system is a device that tracks the performance of a solar panel system. It’s set up on an online portal or cloud system using sensors that monitor factors such as energy production, panel temperature, and weather patterns, allowing for real-time analysis and troubleshooting.
These factors help you make better decisions about your energy consumption and maximize the efficiency of your solar panel investment.
How solar monitoring systems work
A solar monitoring system consists of sensors, data loggers, communication devices, and monitoring software. Sensors collect real-time data on environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and irradiance, while data loggers store and organize this information. Communication devices then transmit this data to monitoring software, which provides users with crucial insights into system performance.
You can track changes in your system’s performance due to fluctuations in the weather e.g. cloudy vs. sunny days or snow covering the panels. But the system will alert you if it detects something sudden and significant that might indicate damage.
You and your installer can use remote monitoring and control via web-based platforms and mobile apps to diagnose and resolve (some) issues. You may be able to troubleshoot some of these issues on your own. In other cases, the installer may schedule a visit.
How to use a solar monitoring system to optimize your home's energy efficiency
Using the data you obtain from your solar monitoring system, you can get a better understanding of how much energy your home is using at different times of day.
Energy Yield measurements are valuable for assessing the system’s overall performance and can be used for financial calculations, such as return on investment (ROI) and assessing the system’s payback period.
By fine-tuning your energy consumption, you can maximize your solar investment.
Get it right with Yellowlite
Solar monitoring systems put you in command of your solar investment, helping you maximize efficiency and unlock cost savings from day one.
At Yellowlite, we include solar monitoring systems with every installation so we can keep an eye on your system and take care of you if you ever need us.
If you have any questions about solar monitoring systems, contact our team of pro-solar sales experts today!