Solar monitoring- Vital to your system’s health
- Modern solar systems have monitoring components built in and should be utilized by homeowners to monitor their solar system output to ensure minimal down time if any errors occur. How much or little you monitor that production is up to you, however we recommend at least a weekly check in.
- Monitoring equipment is only as good as the internet connection it has, so if you feel your system has lost internet connection and it is set up with TP links, please refer to this guide to restore connection to your system.
Solar output- An always changing value
- Your monitoring system will have various information on it, but the main areas to focus on are these:
- Here is your layout page where we can see a visual representation of the panels installed on your roof:
Solar playback- Fluctuations of panel output
- Your SolarEdge portal has a handy feature to see the production throughout the day of all the panels, it is called the “playback” feature. This is useful to see how each panel changes power output through the day.
- To open the playback viewer click Show Playback at the top-left corner of the window. The playback toolbar is displayed.
Choose Normal or Accelerated for the playback speed.
Click to show how the modules’ energy production changes in time, represented by the color code detailed above. Drag the slider along the timeline to focus on a chosen time fragment.
The resolution of the playback data is 15 minutes.
- Panel coloring- The color-coding is comparative, that is, a module that has produced the most energy over the selected timeframe is light blue, while a module that has produced less energy is darker.
- One of my panels is a different shade than the rest, is this okay? Of course! Your system is designed to produce a total output or ”average” through out the day and in an optimized system, some panels will work harder than others as determined by the “brain” of the system which is the inverter.
- Here is an example of different colored outputs:
These panels are still producing, but may be at different levels due to shading, clouds, or soiling. All of these can affect the output of a single panel, but the main thing to keep in mind is the total output of the system per day as represented here:
Another reason that you may see a slight difference in the output from one panel to another, is that all solar panels come with a -0%/+3%-10% name plate rating. All panels are guaranteed to meet the nameplate wattage rating of the panel, but some may be considered “hot” panels and thus produce a little more than expected.
Should I be worried?
- Not at all! As long as your system shows power production in your online monitoring portal then no need to worry, your system is on track.
- The only time there is any reason to be alarmed is if you see any of the following symbols on your layout page:
This symbol means there is a problem with your inverter and it is not communicating properly.
- Alternatively, if you see this symbol on any panel:
This means a panel is not communicating to the inverter properly and needs to be addressed.
- Also, if you see this on your main dashboard under site summary:
This symbol means there is an error with your system and it will need to be addressed with the service staff.
- If you do not see any solar production for 72 hours or more in your portal: Please contact the service department and we will troubleshoot your system with you.