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Published 20 March, 2018 by Reposit Power
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How to know your solar panels are working properly

Think of your solar panels like you would your car. You’ve signed the papers and you’re now the brand new owner of a shiny new car or a solar PV system.

What happens now? With your car you'll have to service it regularly to maintain optimum performance.

When something goes wrong with your car you generally notice instantly and take it to the mechanic to have it checked out.

Unfortunately that’s not so true with your solar panels. In most cases you won’t actually know until you get your electricity bill - your expensive electricity bill!

Energy management: control your energy and reduce your bill

So how do you know if your solar panels are working properly?

First, it’s essential to know some basics about how your solar PV system works and the common issues that can arise.

There are two important components to your solar PV system:

1.  Solar panels

Which can be polycrystalline or monocrystalline panels.

2.  Inverter

Which can be either a central inverter (around the size of a briefcase), or a microinverter, which is approximately the size of a paperback book.
The inverter works the hardest - it’s job is to convert the DC electricity that the solar panels produce into 240V AC electricity, which is what everything in your home uses.

Common problems

  1. Extreme weather events (like hail etc)
  2. Manufacturer defects
  3. Inverter issues
  4. Panel fractures or breaks

But how do you know there is a problem in the first place?

Without getting on the roof and actually looking at your panels - the easiest way to know if your solar panels are working properly and at their most efficient is with Reposit smart solar monitoring.

  1. Monitor your solar system’s performance
  2. See your energy usage in real time
  3. Audit your power bills
  4. Solar generation predictions 24 hours in advance
  5. Check in when you’re out on your smartphone, tablet or desktop

Reposit First gives you control over your panels and your household’s energy consumption. Identify and detect issues from your solar panels before you get a hefty electricity bill.

With Reposit First you know your solar setup is at optimum performance, you have management and ultimate control.

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