From my understanding, the SMart Analytics and Fronius SMart meter is an additional cost to your quote?
Isnt there a standard monitoring application that you can use from your phone which will tell you these key things:
How much my unit is producing and at what times
How much is being sent back to the Grid
How much electricity is being used at home and at what times?
I think im really just after that information. Would the standard monitor tool show me this or do i need to buy some sort of monitoring device?
That’s a really good topic. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of insight into it, hopefully others will chip in.
My understanding - ‘smart meter’ can mean incredibly varied things. I think the only consistent thing about them is that they are digital energy meters, but their functionality can range significantly.
I guess the first question is, do you already have a smart meter at your house, and how much do you know about it? I think the only possibility of getting the monitoring you want without additional equipment, would be if you already have a smart meter that has that functionality. Otherwise, there are plenty of options besides the Fronius smart meter, but you would need some sort of hardware to get that data.
There is a bit about the Fronius smart meter at the bottom of our Fronius review:
The additional fronius smart meter is required to measure both the total household energy consumption and solar generation.
Without the smart meter you can only see the solar generation. This is great but you will not know if you are using more power than what is being generated. This is why you need the smart meter which needs to be installed in the meter box or switchboard. A cable then needs to be connected back to the solar inverter so this can cost a few hours of labour depending on how difficult it is.
Another good option is to use ‘solar analytics’ which uses 4G and doesn’t require extra communication cables from the inverter to the switchboard (ref image below). This will monitor and report to your smart phone app both the solar production and total energy consumption. It can also give alerts if it detects any performance issues. They are about $600-700 installed including lifetime subscription ($250)