Solar monitoring: what are the benefits of having a solar monitor?

By helping you use more of the energy you generate

One major benefit of having your solar panels hooked up to a monitoring system is that you can see exactly when to turn your high load home appliances on – think of your washing machine or tumble drier. Our Solo II PV for instance flashes up a big green finger icon (see image above) to tell you exactly when to turn on those high load appliances. Handy that!

This way you’re able to use the solar power you’re generating right then and there, instead of having to use (and pay for) extra energy from the grid.

By giving you peace of mind that your panels are working well

Solar monitoring devices that show real time data are also great for being able to give you peace of mind that your solar panels are working as well as they should be. By the same token, your solar monitor will also be able to help highlight any potential solar panel generation issues.

By showing you the data that matters most to you

Whether you’re most interested in how many kilowatts your panels are producing, how much CO2 you’ve saved or how much money you’ve earned from the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT), you can pick and choose which data you see on your energy monitor.

Fun fact: did you know that we were the first UK company to create a colour screen solar monitor?

By letting you see your data in as much detail as you like

Want to see your solar energy data in even more depth? Some solar monitoring systems offer you the ability to view your data online too. This is the case with with both our Solo II and Solo III PV monitors which come with access to our energynote online services.

With the help of our online data platform, energynote you’re able to view your solar energy data in as much detail as you like – seeing stats from the past few days, weeks, months and even, years – on your phone, tablet or PC.

Now it’s over to you! If you already have a solar monitor, we’d be really interested to hear what you find most useful about it – and which types of data you look at most often. Pop your comments in the box below!