For most customers, a solar inverter’s basic display is informative enough. It is easy to access—right on the front of the inverter — and displays the basic monitoring parameters, which typically includes instantaneous power output, daily energy production, and total up-to-date energy production. And this is the kind of monitoring solution that is predominantly seen in most residential and small commercial rooftop solar plants in India.

But, in large ground-mounted solar plants and commercial & industrial rooftop solar plants, there is a need for greater degree of control and more depth in monitoring. Remote monitoring options offered with some inverters can provide basic system performance information in a portable device, allowing developers or installers the luxury to view the data anywhere with internet connectivity.

The data acquired from inverters, string junction boxes, trackers, net meter, weather station etc. is stored on the cloud and can be viewed by the user anywhere. This adds a high degree of reliability to a solar plant and helps reduce turnaround time.

From an O&M perspective, the service visits can be reduced to a great extent with the availability of online control, reports and statistics, thereby reducing expenses and improving overall plant efficiency.

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