Knowing just how much solar energy your PV system generates can be important, and solar energy system monitors provide exactly that information. Today, you have several monitoring options. Read on to learn more about this important aspect of solar energy generation.
How Monitoring Works
In most cases, your solar installation contractor can provide, install and set up a monitor for you. This makes the process easy, convenient and highly cost-effective. Once the hardware is set up at your home or facility, you can easily keep track of how much energy your panels produce. In fact, you can see both your energy production and power output. In most cases, you can view the data from your tablet, smartphone or computer, which means you can monitor your system even when you are not home.
The Benefits of Monitoring
Not everyone is interested in keeping track of energy data, of course, but you can derive several significant benefits if you choose to do so. First, the ability to see exactly how much free energy your PV panels produce on a daily basis demonstrates the wisdom of your investment.
Tracking your power use month by month makes it easier for you to determine when and where you can reduce your energy consumption, thus reducing your electricity bill even more. Another benefit of monitoring your system is that you can easily identify when your panels need maintenance, since the energy production will be lower than expected.
How to Get Started
If you are interested in having these benefits for yourself, talk to your solar installation contractor. They can provide you with monitoring technology so you can see firsthand how much energy your panels are producing. Most monitoring systems utilize proprietary software and even apps that you can download, making the setup process easy on you. If the monitoring system you select requires hardware installation or additional equipment, let your contractor set it up for you.
If you are ready to install solar panels and want to know how much money you’re saving, consider adding a monitor to your PV panel system. Serving Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado, Intermountain Wind and Solar is the premier provider of solar technology in the Intermountain West. Contact them today for answers to all of your solar energy questions.