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Help, My Solar Meter Stopped Working!

October 8, 2021

Many grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems come with meters that collect and display real-time data regarding their clean energy production.

If your solar meter ever detects an anomaly, it instantly triggers an alert. This notification allows technicians to diagnose and correct the issue – ensuring your system’s energy production continues uninterrupted.

However, real-time monitoring isn’t the only benefit of solar meters.

In some states (like Massachusetts and New Jersey), customers are eligible for quarterly Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) – i.e. tradable green credits that you can sell on the open market.

To qualify for these SRECs, however, you need to provide documented proof of your PV system’s clean energy production. Having historic data from an on-site solar meter allows you to demonstrate this output.

But what happens if your solar meter no longer collects and reports information correctly?

Help, My Solar Meter Stopped Working!

Most solar meters rely on cellular technology to wirelessly send real-time data from your installation to a remote collection and monitoring system. These meters are usually built around the latest cellular technology at the time.

This means a solar meter installed 5 years ago – when 2G and 3G were the standard – will soon become obsolete:

  • AT&T and Verizon were phased out 2G at the end of 2019
  • Nearly all major carriers will stop supporting 3G after 2021

This poses a significant risk to monthly savings. A malfunction in a solar PV system could result in many hundreds of dollars in lost savings if the meter can no longer detect performance dips. And those losses can extend into many thousands of dollars if your solar portfolio has several meters – all of which could lose cellular support or warranty coverage at the same time.

This is why we offer solar meter replacements as part of our core service. Become a member of our new Solar Service Membership Plans and save today!

How Our Solar Meter Replacement Service Works

At Stable Solar, we specialize in the full spectrum of home solar PV services:

Central to this is our comprehensive solar meter replacement service. Whether your meter is broken, out of warranty, or no longer supported, we can help you:

  • Procure the necessary meter replacements. We’ve partnered with the solar industry's leading monitoring companies to supply affordable, high-quality solar meters built around the latest standards and best practices. Click here to see our recommendations.
  • Purchase the balance of equipment, including wires, connectors, conduits and everything else needed to make sure your solar meter performs the way it should.
  • Coordinate the industry’s most cost-effective labor resources for replacing, configuring and setting up your new solar meter

In addition, our meter replacement services come with ironclad protection to help you maximize the ROI of your solar power investment.

Under our expansive coverage, you benefit from a:

  • 1-year workmanship warranty
  • 2-year manufacturing warranty

Ready to Replace Your Solar Meter?

Having a properly configured solar meter is essential if your goal is to save as much money as possible. This data collection and monitoring are also required for those wishing to qualify for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.

Don’t let obsolete technology prevent you from getting the most out of your solar power investment.

Solar Meter Replacement Options | Stable Solar

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For less than $10 per month, Members receive:

Monitoring and regular monitoring reports
Initial system analysis and detailed performance report
Discounts on service visits, system upgrades, cleaning and other services

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