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General

Our experts provide answers to key questions about the Solar-Log®.

Inverter direct monitoring is the process of collecting solar plant performance data directly from the inverter. Professional monitoring and energy management systems like Solar-Log® use hardware to communicate with inverters, typically through RS485 or LAN connection. Data collected from the inverter includes production information, faults, and inverter error codes. Solar-Log® logs the data and transfers it to the Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ morning software where it can be displayed and analyzed. This process immediately detects any errors in solar plants or drops in production to ensure that the solar plant is operating as expected, with minimal disruption. Solar-Log® inverter direct monitoring is inverter-agnostic, meaning it can be used with all major inverter brands.

Monitoring is the processes of logging plant performance data to ensure that the plant is functioning properly. Monitoring often includes inverter direct communication and forecasting tools to detect any drop or deviation between expected and actual power output. Solar-Log® offers monitoring compatible with all major inverter brands. 

Production metering is the use of a physical production meter for an accurate measurement of solar power production. Solar-Log® has ANSI certified, revenue grade meters to meet the standards required in many performance-based incentive (PBI) markets. 

The production readings provided by inverters through monitoring is often less accurate than the measurements provided by revenue grade meters. 

Consumption monitoring is the measurement of how much energy the building or individual circuits are using. Consumption monitoring requires a separate power meter to measure the building load. 

Consumption monitoring from Solar-Log® provides valuable insight into your building’s energy usage. Your utility company may charge time-of-use rates which means you pay more for the electricity you use during peak times.  Once you understand how your energy is used, you can make adjustments to lower your electricity costs. Consumption monitoring gives you the power to reduce time-of-use charges and take advantage of peak solar production hours.

  • The best price/performance ratio for topnotch monitoring.
  • Immediate error detection to eliminate downtime for maximized power production and earnings.
  • Visualize your power generation and financial earnings on a comprehensive web-based platform.
  • Access your solar PV plant data 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
  • Compatibility with over 1,000 components to monitor all plant aspects from one easy-to-use platform. 
  • The Solar-Log® monitoring system provides protection on your ROI and offers the bank security it needs.
  • Increased property values due to having a PV plant installed with self-consumption power management.
  • Real-time plant monitoring in the hands of your qualified solar professional.
  • Hassle-free incentive reporting approved in most major SREC and PBI markets.
  • Solar-Log® devices are made in Germany and the U.S., to the highest quality standards, by the world’s market leader.

    Download: Monitoring and Managing Solar Power with Solar-Log®
  • In principle all three Solar-Log® models are able to monitor a PV plant completely and using modern technology via internet. The Solar-Log® that is the best "match" depends on the plant size, availability of PC/internet and costs. The selection of accessories also helps decide which Solar-Log® to select.

    Download: Product Comparison

  • The following details are important to have when selecting the best data logger for your needs: plant size, the availability of Internet, inverter type and series.
  • Here is an overview of all Supported Components by Solar-Log® devices:

    Supported Components
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Monitoring

Our experts provide answers to key questions about monitoring your PV plant with the Solar-Log®.

  • Log in with the account symbol (top right) to create a new plant under your account. Switch to "My Plants" and click on the plus symbol. Then a window appears to enter the "Plant Name" and "Serial Number." Enter the "Easy Code" if the Solar-Log® should register automatically to the portal. Remove the top gray cover on the device to find the serial number and Easy Code. Then click on "Save." The plant is then automatically created. All the necessary information that needs to be entered in the Solar-Log® to transfer data is located in the plant's "Access Data" section on the portal.
  •  If it is necessary to replace a Solar-Log® device at your plant, you do not need to register the new device. The device replacement can be performed with you existing account.

    The following steps are necessary to replace a device in the Solar-Log WEB-Enerest™ portal. Log in with the account symbol. Switch to "My Plants." Go to the plant where the device needs to be replaced and click on the tab "Solar-Log® Replacement." Enter the serial number from the new Solar-Log® in the serial number box (remove the top gray cover on the device to find the serial number) and then click on the "Replace" button. This completes the device replacement process and the Solar-Log® now transfers its recorded data to the WEB portal.
  • To create a new password in Solar-Log WEB-Enerest™, log in with the account symbol, go to "Personal information" and click on the "Password" tab. You can generate a new password in the "password" box. After clicking on "Change Password" to save the password, the password will be activated and sent via e-mail to the registered e-mail address.
  • If you have forgotten your password, go to the account symbol (top right) and click on the link "Forgot your password?." Then the "Recover Password" window appears where you have to enter the e-mail address used for registration. A randomly generated password is send to this e-mail address. Please change this password right after you log in with it. (Refer to "Creating a new password in Solar-Log WEB-Enerest™).
  • If the Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ service for certain PV plants is not to be extended, there are two possibilities how this can be implemented. Use the link below to obtain a document explaining these options.


    Download: Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ Billing Portal
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Configuration

Our experts provide answers to key questions about configuring your Solar-Log®.

  • General procedure for connecting the Solar-Log 200 and/or 300 to a laptop or PC. The following link provides you with detailed instructions on how to enable DHCP on your PC in order to connect to the Solar-Log® with a crossover network cable to be able to configure it.

    Download: Direct connection with a PC or laptop
  • What do you need to know to make effective use of performance monitoring? The following link provides you a document that explains performance monitoring with an example.

    Download: Solar-Log® Performance Monitoring
  • When, for example, 105 kW or more is connected to a Solar-Log 1200, exceeding its limit of 100.99 kW. The following occurs: FTP Export is disabled (Remote Configuration still works). HTTP Export is disabled (Remote Configuration still works). The sending of error and yield notifications is disabled. The following message appears in the web interface: "The amount of connected generator power allowed for this device has been exceeded. The device's use is limited. Please check the device configuration."
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Communication

Our experts provide answers to key questions about the Solar-Log® communication.

  • The link provides you with a checklist to help you successfully set up GPRS. The checklist also contains all of the error codes up to now and a list of APNs from major providers.

    Download: Checklist GPRS
  • The following checklist will assist you step by step in connecting inverters to the Solar-Log® system. Notes on the wiring and interface are provided.

    Download: Checklist Inverter Detection
  • Would you like to set up WiFi for your data logger or receive error messages that are not clear? The WiFi checklist contains tips for setting up WiFi and a list of possible error messages.

    Download: Checklist WiFi
  • You can find step-by-step information on how to proceed in these general directions for inverter replacement.

    Download: Inverter Replacement Manual
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Video: Integrate all major inverters on the market into a single system with the Solar-Log® energy management system.