Despite being in my fourth year of a photovoltaic and solar energy engineering degree at UNSW, I’d be hard pressed to remember how to get around campus. For the past year, I’ve swapped the uni lecture theatres for Solar Analytics’ cozy Redfern office; where tutorials, group-work and meetings typically run from 9-5pm weekdays. Compared to the stereotypical student life of sleep-ins and a cruisey timetable, punctuated by weeknight parties, this sounds like a bit of a struggle, right?

As a Solar Analytics user, you’ll know that your site is constantly being monitored for faults and you receive alerts and notifications when something is wrong or your system is under-performing. We call this active monitoring. So how does this work, exactly?

Everyone wants to keep their electricity bills down, but with the latest energy price hikes it is becoming increasingly difficult. Well, if you have solar then we have some good news for you! With just some simple behavioural changes you could see your energy bills drop dramatically.

All you have to do is try ‘load shifting’. We show you how you can save by load shifting; check out our simple table broken down by each Australian state and by appliance, to see what potential savings you could make.

Have you wanted to put on a big solar system or add more panels to your existing system, only to be told that your local electricity network operator won’t allow it? Or do you have a solar system that stops exporting to the grid once your excess solar reaches a limit? This increasing practice is called “export limiting”. We take you through how export limiting works, the impact for solar owners, and finding the lost energy.

We're grateful to Paul McArdle from WattClarity, a Brisbane-based software company operating in the energy sector, for the in-depth and honest review of his first few months using Solar Analytics monitoring. Paul upgraded to Solar Analytics to watch his solar production closely, in order to ensure that he can quickly respond to any unexpected dip in production and so ensure his high FiT payment is maximised each quarter.

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