The A to Z of monitoring

Posted in Monitoring and meters

Solar monitoring allows you to keep track of your solar. From generation to export to behind the meter usage, monitoring systems are the best way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your system. Monitoring can even tell you when there’s something wrong with your solar system.

Most inverters come with a monitoring option which generally requires the inverter to be paired wirelessly to your home wifi network or connected via a cable. This can be a good option for those on a budget. Just ask your solar installer to activate it as part of the solar installation.

Some more premium monitoring options we recommend include:

Solar Analytics Monitoring

A Solar Analytics Monitor can keep track of your solar system’s performance, compare the cost of electricity bought and sold back into the grid, and alert you if your system stops working.

The monitor will cost roughly $550 standalone or $350–$400 if installed with a solar system.

CarbonTrack

CarbonTrack gives you another level of control. It not only monitors but also manages electricity use to optimise savings. For example, you can turn your appliances on or off remotely via the app or online portal.

CarbonTrack works on a subscription model however the initial install price of cost $999 includes the first three years’ access to the platform and data. After after that it will cost you $6 per month, or $72 per year.

Solar monitoring is really valuable. If you want your power company to monitor your solar system for you, sign up with DC Power Co.

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