Why Do Solar Power Systems Need to Be Monitored?

In Raise Your Solar I.Q. by The LeverEdge

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By now, most people have a basic understanding of what a solar power generation system is.

Simply put: it involves using the power of the sun to general electricity.

Most residential solar power systems are composed of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that produce moderate amounts of electricity during exposure to sunlight.

More panels means more electricity generated, and especially more electricity generated when the sun is shining brightly on a cloudless day.

When everything is working as it should, a solar power system like this remains stationary (unless the panels are motorized). So, why then does the solar power system need to be monitored?

Sophisticated Electronics

Even though the solar panels themselves are relatively simple in their design, they are connected to microinverters that feed electricity to the rest of your home.

These microinverters are responsible for converting DC power to AC power. They do this in real time, and without them, the entire system would shut down.

Due to their highly sensitive material construction, solar power microinverters can produce less-than-ideal streams of electric current. And, you wouldn’t know about it unless the solar power monitoring system was doing its job.

The Value of the Monitoring Solution

A high-quality solar power monitoring system like the Enphase Envoy engages in constant bi-directional communication with your solar power generation equipment.

When a string of panels starts generating lower-than-normal current, or if an inverter shows signs of malfunctioning, the monitoring system springs into action, sending alarms that can be used to diagnose and repair the equipment in question.

There are lots of solar power monitoring systems on the market today. The right one for you is best determined by your solar power system size, installation configuration, and other factors.

To learn more about solar power system monitoring, contact us today.

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