Today, numerous consumers are adopting solar energy for a lower cost, sustainable alternative, due to the steadily expanding energy demand and diminishing traditional energy resources.
Solar has been demonstrated to be a dependable energy solution because of the series of short and long-term financial advantages, even up to 25 years.
When you install a solar power generating system, it is paramount to understand how efficiently the system is performing, and the best way to achieve this is through remote monitoring.
The output of the solar panels shifts with parameters like voltage, current, and environmental constraints.
What is Solar System Monitoring?
The solar monitoring system is a mix of hardware and software.
A web-based platform conducts real-time monitoring of the solar system, utilizing parts such as sensors and data loggers.
The data is moved to the application utilizing IoT (Internet of things) for predictive maintenance and cause evaluation in the event of any failure.
The real-time monitoring data can be utilized for comparative analysis on historical data and patterns to drive conclusions.
Solar energy monitoring systems are ideal methods for measuring the solar energy system productivity, converter efficiency, energy output of your solar array and load of the system.
They can also help you with pinpointing specific trouble areas in your system should they arise.
What do solar power monitoring systems track?
Not all solar power monitoring systems offer the same features.
Depending on the firmware capability of the converters chosen, you may be able to track the following;
- Battery state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH)
- Real time uptime / downtime notifications
- Remote fault diagnostics
- Solar energy production
- Solar energy consumption
- Load demand of the system
- Advanced system monitoring (circuit level, panel level, cost tracking, etc.)
Why are Solar Monitoring systems important?
1. Monitoring your solar panels can help you to optimize your home energy costs
Monitoring can help to detect or deduce unwanted consumptions during times of inactivity (for example, A bank solar installation at night will not require the ACs to be on, since there will be very few people in the building. If an AC is on, it can easily be detected through the platform)
2. It helps protect your business or home against outages
One of the most important benefits of solar monitoring is that it can protect your business or home against power outages.
If something goes wrong with the system, an alert system will direct you to the issue straight away.
3. It helps in detecting potential faults and organizing / scheduling preventive maintenance
Remote monitoring helps to spot and detect potential faults, and in turn, schedules preventive maintenance before a shutdown can occur. (for example, temperature overheating fault can quickly be detected, to prevent an overall system shutdown)
If all as stated above are included into the system effectively, the system performance is continually kept at a high-performance efficiency of 97% and above.
For more information regarding how solar and battery energy storage systems can help your business save money while using more reliable power, feel reach out to the Infranergy team here.