The world of solar energy is rapidly expanding. Alongside the exponential growth of technology in general. New innovations in solar power and technology are poised to make impacts on the future of renewable energy. But many of these technologies, like an app to monitor solar panels, are much more accessible than you think. You solar panel data in the palm of your hand.
In such a connected society, it’s no surprise that solar customers would want to have an up-close-and-personal relationship with their solar energy systems. Our smart phones and watches have allowed us to track, monitor, and analyze nearly any kind of personal data imaginable.
And your solar panels are no different. While solar panel monitoring apps may not tell you how many steps you’re taking or how many hours you’re sleeping, they can still provide valuable information. Like how much money you’re saving by going solar.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the top solar panel apps on the market.
An App to Monitor Solar Panels
Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) App
“The EMA APP is a mobile energy monitoring application designed to be used by owners of APS microinverter products. Users can check the real-time performance, historical power output, and environmental benefits of their PV system from their mobile device.” — APSystems
The Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) App is one that many of our KC Solar customers love. It’s great for tracking their solar array performance in real time through their mobile devices.
Not only can you see a graphic representation of your solar panels and their individual performances. But you can also track your system’s output at a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or even lifetime level.
It also helps calculate energy savings and environmental savings — broken down in terms of gasoline gallons, trees, and CO2 emissions.
MySolarEdge Monitoring App
“The monitoring platform provides enhanced PV performance monitoring and yield assurance through immediate fault detection and alerts at the module level, string level and system level.
No hardware or wiring is required to transmit data from the power optimizers to the inverter: the monitoring sensors and transmitters are built into the SolarEdge power optimizer and solar inverter, and measurement data is transmitted over the regular power lines.” — SolarEdge
The SolarEdge monitoring application is another popular app when it comes to tracking your solar system’s output and energy production. It’s also easy to access from any internet-enabled devices, including computers or tablets.
Key benefits of MySolarEdge include the robust reporting and analysis tools, which even gives users the option to schedule automatic reports. Plus, you can set up automatic alerts on any system issues.
In addition to having full visibility to your solar system’s performance — from a technical and financial perspective — MySolarEdge can even help customers detect excessive energy usage. Which can help you get in front of a bigger electric bill.
Enlighten App from Enphase
“With the Enphase Enlighten mobile app, you can check your system’s status at-a-glance without scrolling and still dive into the details of your system’s health and performance, per-panel production all while on-the-go. You can view overall energy and per-panel energy production data within a single click as well as overviews of your energy consumption and storage (if applicable).” — Enphase
Enphase’s main solar monitoring application is web-based. Meaning it’s meant to be viewed from a desktop or laptop computer. But they recently launched a mobile app which is able to do many of the same actions. And help customers monitor their solar system from the palm of their hand.
See how much energy you’re consuming and storing, and check out each panel’s individual production. With a real-time, in-depth view of your solar system, it’s easy for system owners to make informed choices about energy use.
Fronius Solar.web App
“The Fronius Solar.web App is the mobile version of the Fronius Solar.web online service. You can keep a constant eye on the energy yields of your PV system by simply installing the app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, Android smartphone or tablet. Use the Fronius demo systems for a sneak peek at what the application can do.” — Fronius
Fronius is a web-platform-turned-mobile-app. Similar to many of the other monitoring apps, you’ll find a snapshot of energy yield over certain timeframes. And even sustainability metrics — like CO2 saved, trees planted, and money saved.
But the Fronius app has one additional special feature. It’s now compatible with Apple Watches.
Even if you don’t have your iPhone on you, the Fronius Watch App can provide information about your solar system from your wrist. See your system’s current output, current consumption rate, and even the current state of charge. Not too bad for a watch screen!
SMA Sunny Portal App
“The Sunny Portal features almost infinite options for analyzing data and visualizing yields, whether you need a data table or a diagram. The yields of all inverters in a plant are compared automatically, allowing for the detection of even the smallest deviations. The powerful reporting functions also provide regular updates via e-mail to help ensure yields.” — SMA
The SMA Sunny Portal app prides itself on being a user-friendly option for solar system owners. With easy-to-understand reporting and desktop access as well as the app. Customers are able to find all the information they need about their solar panels.
From the “Plant Profile” page, customers can track and monitor their power, annual production, saved CO2, and more details about their solar systems. Functionality and data are prioritized in the user experience.
KC Solar Helps Find the Right System for You
While there are many different choices on the market, an app to monitor solar panels that works best for you depends entirely on your solar system.
At KC Solar, we help you design the perfect solar panel solution. And that includes not only your solar panels, but finding the best way to monitor your solar system. We’ll be your partner in the entire solar process. From design, to installation, to post-installation monitoring.
We’re your KC hometown team when it comes to solar.