RT1 rooftop solar monitoring sensor
The RT1 is an affordable rooftop solar monitoring sensor designed for large rooftop solar panel arrays. It has both a pyranometer to measure solar irradiance and a temperature probe that monitors the back of panel temperature.
It is possible to install an RT1 onto a corner of every type of rooftop solar panel. As it is fitted on the corner the RT1 will measure the plane of array irradiance.
The RS-485 Modbus output allows integration into any SCADA or monitoring system. With the information and integration, operators are able to assess the solar array’s actual output against the expected output. The RT1 is ideal for planning solar panel cleaning.
Commercial-scale rooftop growth
The size of commercial-scale rooftop solar arrays is rapidly growing, some arrays are the size of small utility-scale solar farms. Unlike utility solar farms, performance monitoring has not always been a commercial priority. For most rooftop solar installations it would not be cost-effective to install a pyranometer such as an SMP6 or SMP10. However, with the RT1 operators can gain an understanding of their panel’s output, allowing them to plan and schedule panel cleaning and maintenance checks.
|Irradiance||0 to 2000 W/m²|
|Resolution W/m2||1 W/m2|
|Spectral range (overall)||400 to 1100 nm|
|Non-stability (change/year)||< 1 %|
|Non-linearity (0 to 100 W/m²)||< 1 %|
|Operating temperature||-40 to +80 °C °C|
|Calibration||Against traceable reference pyranometer|
|PV panel temperature||-20 to +100 °C, ± 1 °C|
|Power supply||5 to 30 VDC|
|Power consumption||60 mW|