Once your system is in operation, you will be eager, to say to the least, to see how much energy your system is generating. This capability is provided either by the micro-inverters or the string inverter and power optimizers, depending on your system configuration, combined with the monitoring system. Optionally, a stand-alone monitor could be installed as well.
In most cases, there is one micro-inverter per solar panel. Although each micro-inverter’s main function is to convert the Solar Panel’s DC form of electricity into the AC form of electricity, it also measures the amount of AC electricity it outputs. Each micro-inverter feeds these data, continuously to a central controller that delivers these data to a cloud based data storage and application system. Using the internet or a mobile application, you can then view or download the data in table or graph format. Since data is sent by each micro-inverter, you can see the energy production at the individual solar panel level.