Solar PV R&DProject Solar Analytics: Monitoring for Better Energy Outcomes
This is the final report for Solar Analytics’ Monitoring for Better Energy Outcomes project, which aimed to accelerate deployment of an Australian-developed technology designed to monitor the performance of residential solar PV systems and provide low cost analytics and fault diagnostics.
This project has increased the availability and affordability of active solar monitoring to many thousands of Australian solar owners, giving them the opportunity to visualise and optimise both their solar energy production and energy usage, helping them to maximise the output of their solar investment. They have been able to save significantly by detecting system faults, shifting their loads to increase their solar self-consumption and analysing their usage to select the best electricity tariff. At the same time the energy data generated through this project has provided researchers, retailers, electricity grid providers and regulators with valuable data, contributing towards the drive to better manage the electricity grid and enable more efficient integration of renewable energy sources.