System Monitoring

A solar power system without monitoring is like a car without gauges on the dashboard – much more likely to exceed speed limits, run out of gas, or do accidental damage. Solar system monitoring equipment ranges from the basics – volt meters and amp meters – to computer software that logs and displays dozens of system readings in real time.

Some charge controllers offer basic solar system monitoring abilities, but the best monitors stand alone, mounted in the kitchen or living room where they’re more likely to get regular attention. With the right solar system monitoring solution, you can even view your system’s data over the Internet, giving you peace of mind when you’re away.

"If you're going to own and operate a renewable energy system, you might as well get good at it. Your reward will be increased system reliability, longer component life, and lower operating costs."

Solar Living Sourcebook 14th Edition
Chapter 4: From Panel to Plug

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