Solar Data Monitoring
Whether this data is critical to stakeholders, constituents, or customers, ease of use and portability means that you can track in real terms the value of your solar system's output.
How Data Monitoring Works
The inverter manufacturers we choose for grid-tied solar - Sunpower, SMA (SunnyBoy), and Enphase - all supply data monitoring for both local display (a small panel, LCD, or kiosk) and remote display (web based access, either public or private).
Each manufacturer's system offers slightly different features but all supply:
- Real-time and historical performance data - weekly, monthly, YTD, lifetime production
- Carbon offset by solar performance
- Simple System Diagnostics - is the system operating as expected?
- Web-based access - public or private viewing of performance from any computer
Example Enphase Data Monitoring
Example Sunny Boy Data Monitoring
The above data is live-real time information from our Portland, Maine solar showroom. See full data monitoring features here: http://www.sunnyportal.com/Templates/PublicPageOverview.aspx?plant=1a7e0cab-559c-4e05-9ace-052d16d2681e.
The exact type of monitoring will be customized for your specific needs - whether it is to provide data useful in marketing, education (in the case of libraries and schools), or to establish proof of carbon credits.
The Value of Green Marketing
A solar system represents a strong commitment to sustainability and most of our commercial clients want to share this with their customers. And their customers respond - with nearly all reporting increases in business thanks to their green marketing endeavors.
Here are a few examples:
Maple Hill Farm and Conference Center
The Maple Hill Farm and Conference Center uses a combined solar hot water and solar electric system to reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 40,000 pounds.
Owner Scott Cowger estimates that 20 percent of his customers choose Maple Hill Farm because of the inn's green practices. Maple Hill Farm received Maine's first "Environmental Leader" Green Lodging Inn Certification in 2005.
Beachmere Inn - Ogunquit, Maine
The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine proudly flaunts their green iniatives, which include solar hot water for over 32 rooms, a 5kw solar electric array, energy efficiency improvements, and water saving measures.
Their efforts earned them an Environmental Leader in Hospitality certification.
View their green initatives page.
NEWAIM Fiber Mill - Waldoboro, Maine
After making several weatherization improvements to their building, the owners of NEWAIM Fiber Mill in Waldoboro, Maine, focused on reducing fossil fuels used for hot water heating. The result was a 90 tube solar hot water system that acts to preheat the water that enters their propane fired water heater.
NEWAIM now advertises their fiber mill as being "solar powered" with lots of information on their solar hot water system available on their website.
Scratch Bakery - South Portland, Maine
Scratch Bakery is a prominent fixture in their neighborhood of South Portland, occupying Willard Square. They see their solar hot water system as a statement to the community.
The system has reduced propane usage at the bakery by 25%.
Engaging ReVision Energy
If you're a business owner or decision-maker, please contact us directly or set up a free site evaluation, we would be happy to start a conversation about grid-tied solar electricity for your business and move towards viewing your site and designing a system.
We also frequently bid on public projects and are engaged by engineers and architects as a sub-contractor or designer on renewable energy systems.
Here are some other resources for your review: