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Published on April 9th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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Apollo 1 Allows for Better Solar Technology Performance Monitoring

April 9th, 2010 by  

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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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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.



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