Did you know: In cases of emergency, high voltage from solar panels on rooftops can cause dangerous situations for emergency services or fire responders? While solar panels are being offered more commonly in new homes and buildings, owners need to consider how they are going to manage and control the panels on a regular ongoing basis and in case of emergency.
Today many remote monitoring and solar-panel management systems provide energy information on a monthly basis and do not allow for individual panel monitoring. Being able to manage each panel individually could give homeowners and building operators greater control of all panels—not to mention save the day in cases of emergency.
Companies like GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com, Utrecht, The Netherlands, offer technology for monitoring solar panels, and recently announced a new system that will allow individual panel parameter tracking. This will, in the end, give homeowners and building owners the ability to manage each panel independently.
According to the company, by adding its wireless Smart Junction Boxes on every individual panel, owners can have immediate access to information about the electricity generation of each panel. In addition, the operator can choose to switch off panels or panel substrings for better overall performance.
And that’s not all. This system will allow users to monitor the condition of each panel on an ongoing basis for scheduled maintenance and cleaning. The data can be gathered in a software application or on a smartphone using a mobile app.
This solution is just one example of the many systems available for monitoring solar panels. Connected homes and building systems are advancing, giving owners more control of lighting, temperature, appliances, and more. Being able to switch each solar panel on and off individually is just the next step toward creating a more connected building.