Keeping a close eye on the state of your solar system is one of the best ways to ensure that any outages or periods of underperformance are detected and resolved both swiftly and effectively.
After SunBug installs a solar system and the switch is thrown, customers receive access to an online dashboard supported by their inverter or smart meter manufacturer. The dashboard provides a bird’s-eye view of your system’s real-time and historical performance, as well as the performance and condition of your system’s key individual components. Your solar system’s ability to upload its performance data and report its state of health to your monitoring dashboard necessitates that your system his connected to the internet. Wireless or wired access to your internet router is the most common communications approach for most solar installations, but manufacturers increasingly make use cellular services for those locations other access is unavailable.
Understanding the system performance helps our customers spread the word, so SunBug encourages all of our SunSpotters to call with any questions or concerns about their dashboard.
Our monitoring partners listed below are constantly updating their web services to give customers the best possible experience.
Most of SunBug’s installations come with free online monitoring from the inverter manufacturer. Inverter manufacturers are able to provide excellent monitoring because their devices constantly measure the energy production of the system. Inverter monitoring typically has the greatest detail. This is because inverters measure all the various voltages coming from the solar panels and the grid.
Revenue Grade Meters are devices built specially for high accuracy monitoring. They are great when there is no internet service at the location where solar panels are to be installed, as a revenue grade meter with cell connectivity can get online anywhere with cell service.
SolarEdge makes an excellent inverter system with per-panel power optimizers that allow monitoring on the panel level. You can learn more from SolarEdge here.
SMA's robust line of string inverters use the proprietary Sunny Portal system, here.
Locus is a leader in the manufacture of Revenue Grade Meters that work with any inverter system. You can learn more from Locus here.
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