This is an overview of some of the available monitoring systems for inverters. Every inverter can log its production through native or third-party monitoring - it's just a matter of picking the right one.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of having a solar PV system is tracking how much energy the system has generated over time. There are many pv monitoring options available in the market, but in all of the cases the energy monitoring system has to be compatible with the inverter.
Always consider using the solar monitoring system and the solar software that the inverter manufacturer makes. However, in large systems (commercial or utility installations), considering other monitoring systems would sometimes makes sense since there are more variables that native monitoring systems might not be capable of handling.
In most cases, the generated energy can be monitored in 3 ways:
- Direct PC connection: The inverter can connect to a PC via a CAT5 cable or a bluetooth device. The free monitoring software is downloadable from the inverter manufacturer's website. This is the cheapest method of monitoring. It gives the user the advantage of data logging.
- Monitoring Display Unit: The information from one or multiple inverters are combined and displayed in the display unit. The information is gathered through CAT5 cable or bluetooth units. Such systems are also called as wireless energy monitoring systems. The dedicated display item is an additional cost but it gives the system owner the option monitor the system through a display.
- Internet Based Monitoring: The energy output data is transferred to a router, thus making it available on the internet. Every user has a dedicated password protected website. The main advantage of internet based monitoring is that the information is readily available and logged at a remote location. The router and the card that plugs into the inverter are the additional costs of this system. This type of third party monitoring may be required for production based incentives.
|Inverter Brand (website)||Direct PC Connection||Home Display Unit||Internet based monitoring||3rd Party Monitoring System|
- Personal Display
- Deck Monitoring
- FatSpaniel Monitoring
- Energy Recommerce
- Draker Laboratories Monitoring
|PV Powered||with CAT5||N/A||
|- Piggy back card
(bluetooh or cable connection)
|N/A||- Personal Display
w/ (Plug-in card)
|- Solren View Web
|Xantrex||connects PC via cable||- Inverter Monitor||- Communication Gateway|