Solar monitoring system technology has advanced significantly in the past few years, making solar energy more cost-effective than ever before. This article is designed to serve as an expert resource for solar energy professionals and new home construction companies to assist the building and maintenance of high-performance and cost-efficient solar systems for residential housing. Solar energy is an emerging mature technology; yet, until recently, the price of this technology has been prohibitive to many affordable housing developments.
For residential developments built before 2021, solar monitoring system components such as solar panels, solar controllers and battery storage systems were not economical or practical. However, in the past few years, advancements in the manufacture of solar energy controllers have dramatically improved the operation and efficiency of solar systems. Newer solar systems are designed to perform at peak performance all day every day, and the design requirements for monitoring equipment has also been refined and optimized.
The evolution of the modern solar energy system is marked by a transition from a “dry” to a “dry-loaf” solar energy system. Typically, solar systems are designed to be connected either in-house, or to an off-grid electric grid (e.g., a local utility grid). In some cases, solar panels and controllers may be connected to the local electric grid as an offset to the main electric grid, thereby providing the homeowner with additional savings. But sometimes it may make more sense financially to connect the solar energy system directly to the power grid.
As a result of the evolution of the modern solar monitoring system, some consumers may prefer to select and install their own solar systems, rather than purchasing an off-the-shelf unit. In many areas of the country, there are a number of installation options. In addition to purchasing and installing solar PV panels, consumers can also choose to purchase and integrate their own off-the-shelf or third-party solar PV inverters. A third-party or installed PV inverter is typically designed to handle the high level of electrical load that a solar PV system typically requires.
When solar PV panels are integrated with solar monitoring equipment, an off-the-shelf or third-party inverter is configured to properly handle the power output required by the solar energy system. The monitor, in turn, is typically designed to ensure that the solar energy system meets energy demand throughout the day. This means that the monitor will automatically adjust the power output setting of the solar PV panels, as well as the solar batteries storage settings. If the power output setting for the solar panels falls below the required amount of energy needed to operate the electrical equipment within the home, the monitor will alert the homeowner that solar energy is not available, and that a solar backup system should be deployed.
In many areas where power outages are prevalent, it is imperative that solar monitoring system be employed. When a solar energy system is not working, it can greatly reduce the amount of energy purchased from local power companies. When a solar panels system does not function properly, or when there is a problem with one of the solar panels or solar batteries, it can often take hours for the local power company to get the issue resolved. This means that when the power outage occurs, the homeowner may be left without energy to operate their home and maintain their appliances and electrical equipment. When a solar monitoring system is utilized, a number of different things can occur.
When solar PV systems are monitored, solar power production can be used to offset the electricity bill. When the system shows that solar energy production is exceeding the amount of power needed to operate the household’s electrical equipment, the energy produced by the solar system can be used to generate the needed electricity. In some instances, solar owners may use solar pv systems in combination with a traditional power generating unit (PV) to greatly reduce their energy bill. When solar pv systems and solar panels are combined with an on-grid or off-grid system, it is possible for solar owners to greatly reduce their energy bill and their carbon footprint. For those who wish to go completely off-grid with their solar system, it is often possible to obtain a great deal of rebates and incentives from local electric utility companies.
Many individuals are confused about the role of solar PV inverters. The role of an inverter is to convert direct current (DC) energy into alternating current (AC). In many instances, when solar energy is produced by solar PV panels, it must be converted to DC energy. This is done with the help of solar inverters. An inverter must also be placed at the proper height, proximity, and voltage rating in order to properly capture the solar power.