Going solar is an entirely different paradigm than traditional utility-delivered energy. Rather than a simple one-way transaction, installing solar panels on your roof feeds energy back to the utility grid, even as you draw from it. With solar, think of your energy usage more as a profit and loss statement, and with that in mind, you’re going to want to know your balance. So can you check your energy balance? Can you monitor your energy generated and energy used?
Yes. SunPower has developed an awesome monitoring solution that allows you to track your energy usage conveniently from your computer, tablet, or even phone.
Monitoring vs Blind Faith
Previously, when it came to solar energy systems, you wouldn't know what kind of savings you had until you started receiving your bill. By that time, you’d have to guess at what adjustments you’d want to make and what the overall impact on your bill would be. Then came solar system monitoring. With the same ease of use as checking your Twitter feed, you can now check your system’s hour-to-hour energy usage.
Practical Reasons To Self Monitor
As a homeowner, you rarely have a good idea of your energy usage habits. There are patterns to energy usage that are obvious, such as the midday boost in energy production from the sun and the decline that follows at dusk. However, there may also be some usage you don’t realize throughout the day is draining your system. The ability to visualize your energy usage is a major advantage. You can make better decisions with how you want to spend your energy and when.
After your system is set up, you can begin to self monitor how much energy you are using (or saving) hour by hour. If you find your actual usage is greater than estimated before you purchased your system, the good news is that, with SunPower’s Equinox System, you can easily add extra panels to your existing solar system. Another great benefit to self monitoring your system is that if something happens to a panel, you are able to notice the change in production and replace the panel on a short turnaround, as opposed to losing power for months or even years on end without knowing it.
Most solar companies offer some kind of warranty for parts of your system that break or wear down prematurely. Usually, solar panel manufacturers cover issues for at least 10 years, and most manufacturers guarantee that your solar panels will still be producing at at least 80 percent capacity after 25 years. SunPower offers the best warranty of any solar panel maker, standing behind its products with an 25-year panel and production warranty.
With current trends, every home is rapidly moving to become smarter. Your solar system is not different—it should integrate effortlessly with your daily life, providing ease of use and also ease the mind.
With every SunPower system, a unique monitoring system is installed to track daily energy production, allowing access detailed information about the user’s solar energy generation at any time online or with a mobile app. It includes access to important information such as the number of tons of harmful carbon dioxide that your solar system has kept you from emitting into the atmosphere over the lifetime of your system. It also enables you to view your lifetime bill savings, as well as how much of your day’s energy usage came from your solar system versus any alternative energy source.