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Monitoring Solar Production with Enphase across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter Valley

Knowledge is power. When it comes to PV systems, both commercial and residential, monitoring energy generation and consumption is even more so. That’s the reason why we provide our customers with access to real-time electricity monitoring for every solar panel installation. Read on to find out what solar power electricity monitoring is and what it can do for your household.

 

What Is A Solar Power Monitor And Why Do I Need One?

 

Simply put, a solar power monitor consists of a device that measures electricity, and a user interface. The former shouldn’t be confused with a digital metre, which only registers your electric consumption from the grid. A solar power monitor will measure both overall electricity consumed by your household, and electricity produced by your PV system. The most up to date electricity monitoring solutions are wireless: they are real-time, online reports of your system’s parameters and they are accessible from any device connected to the web.

 

Real-time electricity monitoring is an invaluable tool, essential to any solar energy generation system. Monitoring has several purposes. First, it will show you how much energy is being produced, and whether there are any issues or malfunctions that need addressing. Second, monitoring enables you to know precisely how much power you’re consuming at any given point; by switching your appliances on and off, you will also be able to see how much an individual device is using up. This procedure may help you decide to change your usage habits during the day—or to switch to a newer, more efficient appliance altogether. For instance, you might find that your 10-year-old air conditioner is using an extraordinary amount of energy and may well be worthwhile replacing. Overall, monitoring electricity in your household allows you to make smarter, better choices.

 

What’s The Best Monitor Technology On The Market

 

The best monitor technology is the one that will provide you with complete and real-time readings of your energy production and consumption. Our partner Enphase offers both thanks to their Enphase Envoy-S Metered solution. Enphase Envoy-S Metered consists of an unobtrusive Enphase Envoy-S device, installed as part of your PV system, and an online user interface, called Enlighten. Its operation is simple. The Envoy-S monitors your Enphase System production and home energy consumption, and sends a detailed report to the cloud via Wi-Fi, in real time. Homeowners can then access their reports from any web-connected device—computer, smartphone or tablet.

 

In addition to monitoring your production and usage, the Enphase solution also enables remote maintenance: from a simple connection error due to a modem upgrade, to a more serious issue that requires in-depth analysis, a support team is always monitoring the system’s parameters and is ready to help. For peace of mind, your account is username and password protected to safeguard it from any unauthorised access, so that only you and the support team can access it.

 

Enphase Envoy-S Metered is a user-friendly reporting system, and comprehensive video training is provided; of course, in case of doubts or questions, we are only a phone call away. This system is included in our solar panel installation package and is free to use for the lifetime of the PV system. We recommend installing the Enphase Envoy-S Metered ahead of time in order to collect consumption data and determine the number of AC Batteries you will require.

 

With regards to solar panel systems, especially ones that use a battery, it’s important to track how much energy has been generated and used, and when. Our strong recommendation here is to go with the Enphase Envoy-S Metered system. The Enphase Envoy-S Metered has been implemented all around the world across hundreds of thousands of sites. It allows at a glance monitoring of how much energy is being produced and consumed at any given time, empowering you to make better consumption decisions every day. Thinking of setting up a PV system on your property? Give us a call and we’ll give you professional advice to help you work out the best solution for you. Or browse through our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

 

FAQ

 

Q: Where do your electricity monitors come from? Who is your supplier?
Our monitoring partner is the energy technology company Enphase, based in California, United States.

 

Q: What does a solar power monitor cost?
The Enphase Envoy-S Metered is included in our solar panel installation package and is free to use for the lifetime of the PV system.

 

Q: Do I need a new digital meter? Is this the same as a monitor?
A: The Enphase Envoy-S Metered differs from digital meters in that it measures both consumption and production, from the grid as well as from your PV system. You do not require a digital meter to install Enphase Envoy-S Metered.

 

Q: Does GoSolar provide any monitor reading training or user guide?
A: The Enphase Envoy-S Metered is a user-friendly reporting system, and comprehensive video training is provided.

 

Q: Where can I go if I need help with my monitor provided by GoSolar?
A: GoSolar is of course always available in case of doubts or requests for support. You’re welcome to reach out by giving us a call or dropping us an email.

EnphaseÆ Energy // Consumption Monitoring

TOTAL ENERGY INSIGHT

Homeowners can now monitor Enphase System production and home energy consumption from any web-connected device. Installing the Enphase Envoy-S MeteredTM ahead of the Enphase AC BatteryTM enables you to collect consumption data to determine the number of AC Batteries your customers will require.

NEW

Consumption Monitor view See home energy consumption data in monthly, daily or fifteen minute intervals.
Consumption monitoring and net energy reporting is enabled through the Enphase Envoy-S Metered, the next generation gateway.

MORE VALUE FOR YOUR CUSTOMER

Enphase Envoy-S Metered

  • Enables remote maintenance and long-term management
  • Flexible networking using either Wi-Fi or cellular connection with Enphase Mobile ConnectTM
  • Rugged and reliable with a 5-year warranty
  • Outdoor ready

Enphase Installer Toolkit Mobile App

  • Enable faster system commisioning and the confidence to know an installation was a success
  • Scan serial numbers using your phone's camera
  • Available for Android and iPhone