Monitoring your inverter is an excellent way to get more out of your solar energy system. By tracking your system's yield, you can make better use of it throughout the day, and further increase your savings while reducing your reliance on the grid. Read on to learn how to monitor your SMA inverter.
Use this guide to get started!
To bring your SMA inverter to life, simply tap the front of the screen. The screen will automatically light up and scroll through three menu options. There are two main readings which you can use to check your system’s performance - Day and Total.
They will appear on your SMA inverter display screen in the below format:
The E-Today figure is the amount of kilowatt hours you have produced for the day. Since it is a daily reading, the best indication of production will be towards the end of the day, before the sun goes down.
You can check this figure against the data provided to you in your Solargain Customer User Manual given to you in a black handover folder on the day of installation. If you cannot find this manual please call 1300 73 93 55 and we will arrange to have a new one sent to you.
The other figure is your E-Total. This is an accumulative total of your kilowatt hours since the system was installed.
To work out your average monthly production, simply record the difference between your E-Total figure at the start and end of each month.
E-Total on 1st January is 1100
E-Total on 1st February is 1300
January’s Monthly Yield is therefore 200 units (1300 less 1100)
January’s Average Daily Yield is therefore 6.45kwh (200 monthly yield divided by 31 days in January)
Like the E-Today figure, this data can also be compared to the yield estimates in your Solargain Customer User Manual.
SMA inverter service and repairs
Refer to our SMA inverter service and repairs to learn more about non-monitoring related issues with SMA inverters and what to do to repair them.
Sometimes in the morning and late afternoon, as the inverter is turning on or off, it will display green, red and orange flashing lights. This indicates that the inverter is shutting down or starting up. It may also make clicking noises, which is perfectly normal. You should also note that the inverter’s sound increases as it works harder and produces more wattage. Any internal issues with the inverter will be detected by the device and will cause the fault light to be displayed permanently.
If there is ample sunlight outside during the day and any of the lights are flashing, you should conduct a reset. Instructions explaining how to do this are available here
If, after a reset, the red light is still on, please retrieve the error code displayed on the screen as well as your serial number from the side of the inverter.
Then contact Solargain on 1300 73 93 55 and we will happily assist you to resolve the issue.