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House2488 02-13-2010 04:25 AM

Solar Panels...
 
Hello.
I'm wondering about Solar Panels....If i have them on my roof top, is there any way to have some sort of Power Meter like you have from the POCO to know how much money you use though the Solar Panels?

user1007 02-13-2010 06:17 AM

There are all kinds of meters for monitoring your own energy generation and consumption and some that even come with data collection modules so you can track and analyze things. These are especially handy in areas where power companies have to buy excess power you generate. You just need to shop around for what fits with your needs.

Billy_Bob 02-13-2010 11:36 AM

For "net metering" which is connecting your solar system to the electric company and "selling" your electricity to the electric company (using the power grid as a "battery"), you use a "grid tie inverter"...

Here is what the specs for one grid tie inverter says...

"...Liquid crystal display (LCD) provides instantaneous information – power level, daily and lifetime energy production, PV array voltage and current, utility voltage and frequency, time online “selling”..."

More...
http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/172/p/1/pt/25/product.asp

Net Metering...
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=...a94940edcea411

Tom Struble 02-13-2010 01:14 PM

most newer ones will download on you pc


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