As solar energy becomes more accepted as a viable source of renewable energy, quantitative information on a system’s post install real performance becomes a major concern. There are many factors that can impact a system’s real world performance such as a bad cabling (high resistance/impedance caused by loose connectors or improper wiring), defective inverters, inconsistencies on solar panel output, environmental factors like weather, accidental damage, as well as general manufacturing defects. The cost of ownership of a solar system is tied very tightly to the system’s ability to produce a minimum quality of service over a period of time in order to accurately calculate the system’s Return On Investment (ROI) period. Any one or combination of these complications can substantially impact the site’s ability to achieve its planned ROI time-frame usually 5 to 25 years.
The solar monitoring system composed of power meters, data loggers, string current sensors, inverter interface system, data logger, and weather stations is one of the most overlooked components of a Residential and Commercial sized site. The data logger-gateway is your central device for collecting this data and transforming it into useful information and alerts. Reliability issues to your data-logger gateway system can and will impact your ability to identify issues with your system, troubleshoot them, and resolve them in a cost effective manner.
Watch this webinar to learn:
- The value of a highly reliable Solar Data logging system
- Why your it’s beneficial to leverage web connectivity on your logger system
- Why more system integrators should be paying attention to the data behind their installs
- How unforeseeable issues can impact your ROI