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Solar panels will work for decades. They require minimal maintenance when designed and installed the right way. If an issue does arise, count on All Energy Solar and our 1,500 five-star customer reviews to be there.
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Solar is reliable — when it’s done right. Monitoring your system’s performance is the best way to know if the system is working as designed. If something seems off, count on All Energy Solar to make it right.
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Quick Answers to Common Questions
Likely. It depends on your final system design. For example, the Tesla Powerwall battery system has its own software monitoring system that’s separate from solar monitoring.
We match our monitoring system with the equipment we install. For example, Enphase inverters will use the Enphase monitoring software. All monitoring options effectively serve the same functions.
Here are five ways to maximize your solar panels’ performance:
- Utilize power strips
- Switch to LED bulbs and fixtures
- Use a solar PV monitoring system
- Keep your panels free of obstructions
- Keep your panels clean
For more details, read our resource article, Five Tips for Maximizing Your Solar Panel Performance,
There are two ways to tell if your panels are producing power. The first and the fastest is checking the application or login for your monitoring service (Solar Edge, Enphase Enlighten, Locus). The second and slowest is to check your utility bill and check the net metering section.
Review your most recent utility bill and look for the net metering section under Usage and Current Period Charges.
On the Xcel billing statement, the first 4 row chart records the specific amount of energy from Xcel and the energy from you to Xcel. Remember this is only the amount you buy and sell. This does not reflect the total amount of home consumption or the total amount of solar production.
These amounts are netted out because either you’ve purchased more, or sold more energy in this time frame. One will always be zero. This is then reflected in the electricity charges as either a bill you owe Xcel, or credits they allot to your billing statement. Many times these are applied to the remaining amounts due, or carried over to the next month. If credits in your favor are larger than $25 worth, a check may be sent to you for that amount.
On a subsequent page of the Xcel billing statement, there is a 2 row chart that is for your production meter. This may be listed as ‘DG” (for distributed generated) or “Prod meter” (for production meter).
This meter reports the total amount of solar production. This number will be approximate to the total solar reported on your solar monitoring platform. This is where Xcel will calculate the yearly SolarRewards rebate.
If you are interested to know how much total energy you’ve consumed, you would take the net energy from the first chart and add it to the total solar energy from the second chart.
Congratulations on your new home purchase and bonus solar panels! Hopefully, the previous owner has already contacted us to let us know a change in ownership is occurring, but even so, the first thing to do is to contact us at All Energy Solar, and we can assist with the transfer of ownership both within our organization and your utility company. Please fill out a service request ticket if you have purchased a home with an All Energy Solar installation.
There are a variety of warranties to go along with the different components of your system as well as warranties for workmanship. Your unique warranty agreements should be available with your closeout documents. However, if you are unable to locate your warranty documents, please contact your customer liaison, project manager, or fill out a customer service request ticket here.
Understand the Total Solar Installation Process
Maintenance and support is the last phase of the solar journey — but not the only one you should understand. Review all four phases to know precisely what to expect working with All Energy Solar.
1. Ask your installer what the best maintenance approach is for your specific installation.
2. Regularly inspect your panel for nests, branches or debris that may be covering the surface of the array.
3. Occasionally, perform a closer inspection using a ladder and get a closer look.
4. Clean your panels regularly by spraying dirt off with your garden hose or, if needed, using a cleaning solution recommended by your installer.
For more details, read our resource article, 4 Simple Steps to Keep Your Solar System in Tip-Top Shape.
For safety reasons, it’s best to clean your panels from the ground. A long extension pole with a special sponge pad attachment and a squeegee are probably all you’ll need. Never use rough or hard objects, as they can scratch the panels’ glass and reduce their performance.
In most cases, a simple solution of dish soap and warm water will make your panels sparkling clean. If the panels have picked up an oily residue, rubbing alcohol diluted in water should clear it off. Make sure to rinse afterward with pure water so the alcohol doesn’t remain on the panels. You should only rinse or clean your panels with extremely soft water, as hard water will streak and leave spots.
If your cleaning involves the use of a liquid (as opposed to just brushing), avoid working in hot, direct sunlight, as it can cause water to evaporate quickly and leave dusty smears on the panels. Early morning and early evening are ideal cleaning times.
If you have an Enphase Envoy S or IQ Gateway, please follow this link for instructions on how to reconnect. If you have an eGuage, please take a look at these PDF instructions on resetting your nano. If you have Solar Edge, take a look at this PDF. If your product or issue was not covered here, or you are still experiencing problems, reach out to customer service by filling out a help request ticket.
The most common reason for a Solar Edge device to not report is because the internet router has been changed and the new wifi password needs to be set in the SolarEdge inverter.
If your solar monitoring is accessed via 3G cellular option, and not connected to your home or on-site router, your existing monitoring device may have been impacted by nationwide changes to 3G coverage. You may have received an email from Enphase or SolarEdge with specific information on how to upgrade the cellular device. If you’re not sure if your device is impacted by 3G or if you’re still experiencing problems, fill out a service request.
For systems installed with a Tesla Solar Inverter, check that the inverter is powered on and connected to your home router or internet modem. For systems installed with a third-party solar inverter, check that the solar Gateway provided with your Tesla solar system is powered on and connected to your home router or internet modem. It should also be within range of your solar inverter. If you see a ‘Weak Signal’ notification, follow troubleshooting steps for support. If you’re still experiencing an issue, fill out an All Energy Solar customer service ticket.
If you have changed your Internet Service Provider, network password, or even updated your network name, this can disconnect you from the Gateway. Follow the steps in this troubleshooting guide to get your Gateway back online. If you’re still experiencing an issue, fill out an All Energy Solar customer service ticket.
First, power-cycle the eGauge. See this article “How do I power-cycle the eGauge?” for details on how to do this. Second, try unplugging the HomePlug adapter and then plugging it back in, if applicable. This retrains the HomePlug-adapter and will often bring the device back. Typically the eGuage is fine, it’s just the network that is down and power cycling will help reset the data flow. If you are still experiencing issues after power cycling your eGauge, please fill out a service request here.
Snow normally isn’t a problem, because it typically slides off the angled panels after a time. If the snow does not slide off, we don’t recommend removing it manually unless the solar array is ground mounted, as there is a safety risk of falling ice, and damage caused to the solar panels could void the warranty. However, here are a few helpful tips on keeping solar panels clean for those looking to go above and beyond.
Solar Monitoring Tips and Login
Monitoring a solar power system identifies issues and maintains production. It’s also fun seeing sunshine turned into watts. All you need is an app tied to the solar inverters. It will shows the current power level and production data.