Published on April 9th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan0
Apollo 1 Allows for Better Solar Technology Performance Monitoring
A new monitoring system from California startup SunReports allows for in-depth but simple monitoring of your solar technology. There are numerous environmental and long-term economic reasons to use solar technology, but once you have solar installed, how do you know what it is actually accomplishing?
As its homepage says, “SunReports is built upon the premise that energy monitoring need NOT be costly, complex, or confusing.” Apollo 1, SunReports’ new monitoring system, helps the company to prove that correct.
Apollo 1 is an on-site monitoring device about the size of an internet modem. The exact price has not been reported but is said to be low enough that the system can be included on every installation — (I’m sure everyone would still like to know the exact price for an Apollo 1, but that’s all the info for now). The system can monitor the performance of solar photovoltaics, solar hot water and solar pool heating systems. It sends the info to an easy to view, web-based display portal where the homeowner can view system performance at a glance or in greater depth. Installers can also remotely identify any problems that may occur on an installation.
“There’s a hunger for data out there with the system owner,” SunReports CEO Thomas Dinkel says. “It gives the homeowner and the installer eyes on the system. They can see the system’s performance.”
The system is soon to be mass produced in Fremont, California.
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