PVOutput.org is a website that sprang up in Australia to help owners of solar photovoltaic systems view the production of their systems. They do a great job of displaying production, efficiency, daily totals and more. You can even compete with others, and join teams to see who can produce the most clean energy. Also works for consumption from the grid.
Back in October, we began experimenting with automatic uploads in 5 minute intervals. For the most part, this was successful – unless you live in any other timezone than GMT. The problem was that the uploads are recorded in the timezone of the user. As a result, our Austrailian users were somewhat suprised to see their panels producing power at night. So it was back to the drawing board. I just needed to find space on that drawing board to put it.
Well, I am pleased to let you know that our PVOutput upload now produces regular status updates in regular 5 minute intervals and records it in LPT – Local Panel Time. We hope to have it integrated into the website in the next couple of weeks.
Some of the other things on the drawing board are automated notification in the event of panel or inverter degradation. We now have enough data to be able to work out unusual inverter output and hope to have this added sometime in February.