Saturday, 12 May 2012

Re-Setting SMA Sunny Beam Monitor.

I am deeply indebted to someone who's anonymously commented regarding the frankly boring topic of re-setting a Sunny Beam monitor to reflect the changes in FiT rates.

SMA should be deeply ashamed that their technical advisers know less about their products than the customers who buy their products.I'm all for product development, but surely it should be done by the manufacturer rather than the consumer.

The bad news is I formatted my monitors settings which means I've lost the data  display of previous monthly output. The good news is that next time the FiT rate changes (April 1st 2013, hopefully) I can store (or Offset) the data at the old rate. 

Here's how....

  1. On your monitor select >Settings/PV Plant/Offset Energy Meter.
  2. Select your Inverter.
  3. Scroll down and select "Display."
  4. Amend the total to read the total you've generated SINCE the rate change. If you were altering it on the 2nd April 2013 it would be yesterday and today's output in total.
  5. Save the details.
  6. On the monitor select >Settings/Display Options/Balance Coefficients.
  7. Select Revenue/kWh and amend value to reflect new FiT value.

Your monitor will now display the income for the output from the relevant date at the new rate. All of your previous monthly information will be retained along with the visual displays. You can revert back to all information by removing the "Offset" figures at any time.

I wish there was an "Undo" button on my life for some of the bold, but dumb actions I've taken. However, it demonstrates the power of the internet and the wealth of talent and information that's available.

Thank you. You know who you are!

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