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 will phase out 2G by 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.
How Our Solar Meter Replacement Service Works
At Stable Solar, we specialize in the full spectrum of home solar PV services: