What is Enphase Micro Inverter Solar Monitoring?

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Adding a solar panel system to a home is a great way to start breaking free of the energy monopolies, but when looking into some of the newer Enphase equipment, homeowners often wonder what micro inverter solar monitoring actually is. The truth is, it’s a lot simpler than it sounds, and we’re going to dig into what it is and what it means.

Not only that, but we’re also going to take a look at how the homeowner can monitor their own system, and what the benefits are of that monitoring. In the end, we’ll point you to a local leader in solar equipment installation and monitoring.

What Is Enphase?

Enphase is a whole-home energy solution company that is working to combine solar power, leading storage solutions, and cutting-edge monitoring technologies and software bundled together in a single energy system. While this sounds complicated, what it means is that Enphase is consistently working to develop the simplest comprehensive solar installations on the market.

One of the drawbacks traditionally ascribed to solar power systems is that they can become quite complicated, particularly with larger systems or those requiring higher charging voltages. Enphase combines many of the elements that previously complicated those systems, making the average residential solar power system far simpler.

What is Enphase Micro Inverter Solar Monitoring?

Enphase micro inverter solar monitoring is exactly what it sounds like, the monitoring of each Enphase solar micro inverter. But, for that to make any sense, you’ll need to understand how the Enphase system works compared to traditional solar systems.

Conventional solar systems use photovoltaic cells to create direct current, which is then sent to a battery for storage, or use. However, since almost nothing in the average home uses DC electricity, that electricity needs to be converted to alternating current with an inverter. This inverter has traditionally been a separate piece of equipment that handled the current from all of the panels or from the battery, but Enphase has given each panel its own inverter, creating redundancy and resilience in the installation.

This compartmentalization of the solar panel array and built-in monitoring ability allows the panels and micro inverters to be monitored individually, at any time of day, or even continuously.

The Benefits Of Monitoring

The ability to consistently monitor the performance of the solar power system on a panel-by-panel basis means it has never been easier to keep the solar system well-maintained and in good repair. One of the biggest benefits of the monitoring abilities of the micro inverters is the almost complete elimination of complex troubleshooting in the event of problems. The homeowner as well as the installer can continuously monitor the system, and any faulty panels can be isolated and replaced easily.

MyEnlighten App

The MyEnlighten app allows homeowners to maintain an in-depth view of the production and consumption of their system. The system can also help track the performance of the system itself, as well as to monitor the overall health of the system. If desired, the homeowner can even share their power data with family or friends.

Barrett Solar Can Be Your Trusted Solar Monitoring Company

If you think your home may be ready for the upgrade of Enphase solar panels and micro inverters, you can start to see savings from day one. Reach out to Barrett Solar today to discuss the energy needs and production potential of your home, and find out what we can do to help you meet them.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels. You can let the rain or snow take care of that for you. If something does happen, you will have manufacturer warranties on all equipment installed by Barrett Solar.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Kansas the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. If you are a business in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Missouri the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. Evergy in Missouri, Columbia power and Ameren have notable rebates available. If you are a business owner in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Barrett Solar offers two options to finance your solar panel system. You can purchase your system in cash or take advantage of our zero down, low APR financing options. We have a lot of different options to choose from. 

Generally it takes very large hail or a major storm to damage your solar panel system. After you go solar you will want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy has enough coverage to replace any of your panels that may be damaged in a heavy storm.

The cost of a solar panel system will depend on many factors, including the size of the system, the equipment, and the financing method. A solar panel system should be viewed as a major home upgrade, and because every home is different it is never good to base an idea of what something should cost off a ballpark figure found on the internet. Barrett Solar offers completely free no obligation solar proposals, and in most cases we can give you an accurate quote with just your historical energy usage data.

Tyler Blanchard

Founder & CEO

Tyler is the CEO of Barrett Solar.

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