Solar Power Monitor Buying Guide

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This is a simple solar monitor for JFY inverters
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Solar Monitoring

Monitoring your solar power system is a good way to protect your investment. If you've just spent thousands on a solar power system and you want it to cut down your power bill, you need to know it's working! Chances are, you probably already know why solar monitors are great and you want to make sure you get the right one. This guide walks you through the basics of buying a solar power monitor.

3 Steps To Buying A Solar Monitor

Here is what you need to know before buying a solar monitor and 3 steps to getting exactly what you want out of it.
1. Make sure you know the details of your system - You need to know how many inverters you have and the make and models of each one.
2. Decide what type of monitoring system you want - There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of monitoring system, so make a decision on what you want to get out of yours. For example...
A "standard" LCD monitoring system (like the JFY Solardog pictured above) only shows some basic information on what your system does.
A "remote" monitoring system works through an internet portal and is a more thorough way to keep track of your solar power system.
A "display" component can also be bought for most systems if you want to show off how awesome your solar power system performs.
For larger systems (more than 1 inverter) a "commercial" solar monitoring "kit" is the way to go.
3. Double-check that you can get a compatible system - Making sure your solar monitor will work with your inverter is important. Don't overlook this or you might end up with a fancy paper-weight.
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