Once your solar power system is up and running it’s easy to forget about it, safe in the knowledge that your panels and inverter are working hard for you behind the scenes. But just as your car goes to the mechanic for a regular service to ensure it’s running efficiently, it’s important to monitor your solar system to ensure it’s performing at its best.
More than half of residential rooftop solar systems don’t provide as much power as they could, according to analysis of Ausgrid data.
AGL estimates that solar monitoring can increase energy production by 18 per cent based on existing solar systems that have been operating for at least three years. Meaning that a comprehensive solar health check of your solar system can help increase your solar power production, curbing your bill and reducing your reliance on the power grid.
Monitoring the performance of your solar power system involves wiring a small device into your electrical switchboard, designed to keep an eye on your solar panels and inverter as well as your power usage. They are usually web-based accessible via the internet or mobile app, so you can touch base with your solar system any time of night or day.
A better understanding.
There are plenty of solar monitoring services to choose from, but it’s important to ensure they deliver tangible benefits.
Solar monitoring provides you with a real-time dashboard, letting you compare predicted savings with your actual power bill to see if your system is living up to its full potential. You can also compare expected energy production with actual output, taking into account the make and model of your panels and inverter, kilowatt rating of system, age of the system, orientation of each solar panel in your solar system and the local weather conditions drawn from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The result is a customised snapshot of how well your solar system is doing its job, along with the ability to examine trends and handy tips on how to optimise your power usage. This can help you better understand your solar power production so you can manage your home’s energy usage to make the most of solar power.
Along with a performance snapshot and insight into your home energy usage, solar monitoring also offers real-time diagnostics and fault reporting.
A problem solver.
Rather than waiting for you to ask, solar monitoring can automatically notify you if there’s a problem with your solar power system and offer advice on how to fix the issue. It’s like having a mechanic riding shotgun every time you get in your car – monitoring engine performance, fuel consumption and power output to ensure everything is running smoothly.
A simple message from your solar monitoring system can alert you to underperformance issues that may have otherwise gone undetected for months.
Keeping your solar power system finely-tuned ensures that your home is making the most of the sunshine.
Solar monitoring helps you stay on top of your system usage. Find out more about AGL Solar Command.