New Solar-Log monitoring gateway aimed at price-sensitive PV projects 15-kW and under

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The all new Solar-Log 50 Gateway, a compact, advanced residential solar monitoring solution, is now available in the U.S.  Officially launched in Germany in December 2017, the Solar-Log 50 is ideal for the price-sensitive residential solar market segment, for plants up to 15 kW. Its modular hardware and software pricing means users only pay for the features they need.

“The solar monitoring landscape is changing. Policy changes can lead to uncertainty, meaning that having a cost-effective option for the price-sensitive residential market is important now more than ever,” says Anthony Conklin, President of Solar Data Systems, Inc. (Solar-Log). “The newest generation of Solar-Log offers a modular pricing structure to help keep O&M costs down, without sacrificing the reliable Solar-Log data that the industry depends on.”

How’s it work?

This gateway is designed to be used in combination with the Solar-Log WEB Enerest portal and provides reliable PV yield and plant performance data through inverter direct communication. The Solar-Log aggregates data from over 100 inverter brands through RS485 or Ethernet connection. Data is transferred via wired internet connection (required) and visualized on the Solar-Log WEB Enerest portal. The compact, din rail mountable hardware can be installed in as little as 10 minutes.

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The included Solar-Log WEB Enerest M monitoring subscription is a simplified solution for homeowners who want to monitor their plants themselves. The monitoring subscription can be upgraded, for a subscription fee, to the L or XL package at any time, for installers offering O&M service contracts to their customers. The Solar-Log WEB Enerest processes the recorded data, making numerous reports possible, and has analysis tools for the efficient use of solar energy. The user is continuously informed about plant performance and potential malfunctions.

Numerous add-on functions for the Solar-Log 50 Gateway are available through corresponding licenses. Add-ons include feed-in management, increased plant size compatibility, and integration of additional components. The Solar-Log 50 will be available through a wide variety of distributors and installers across the nation.

— Solar Builder magazine

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