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*Inverter-direct: Collects data as measured by inverter. Independent: Collects data using stand-alone hardware.

*Inverter-direct: Collects data as measured by inverter. Independent: Collects data using stand-alone hardware.

independent, Internet-ready utility-grade meter connected to the inverter's output to measure power and energy production. If your incentive program includes production-based incentives or renewable energy credits, inverter-independent monitoring is usually required to provide accurate tracking of every kilowatt-hour your system produces.

The number of components and sensors required by third-party, Web-based monitoring systems varies depending on the amount of information you wish to record. When shopping for a monitoring system, ask what components are standard and if your particular application will require addon components or sensors that will increase the total cost. Most programs can also incorporate weather data and keep track of the building's energy consumption. Other features may include sending alerts when abnormal conditions arise and issuing regular production summaries.

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Web-based or local computer monitoring is not usually considered a "must have" for residential, grid-tied PV systems unless your incentive program is production-based and

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Local Data Storage

Off-Site Server

Residential

Commercial

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