May 11, 2019

Solar Energy Monitoring

Systems for site assessment, performance monitoring, and advanced solar monitoring

Campbell Scientific offers automated data-acquisition systems specifically designed for solar monitoring applications. Preconfigured systems, designed to meet CAISO standards for solar telemetry, are available for photovoltaic and concentrated solar technology projects of all sizes. Our engineers work closely with the customer to design highly customized stations, advanced research and development stations, and custom application programming interfaces (API) for data collection.

The Solar1000 is an automated data acquisition system specifically designed for solar monitoring applications. The standard package is designed to meet CaISO standards. Systems are easily customized with accessories for every aspect of the station, from communications to mounting options.

Typical applications include pre-construction phase solar resource assessment, baseline data collection, and performance monitoring. The Solar1000 simplifies the process of collecting system data by acting as the single point data gateway for environmental, inverter, and meter data.


Most of the systems we sell are customized. These systems, however, typically measure the following parameters:

  • Air temperature
  • Solar radiation—global horizontal (GH)
  • Solar radiation—plane of array (POA)
  • Surface temperature—back of panel
  • Wind direction
  • Wind speed
  • Precipitation
  • Barometric pressure

Benefits and Features

  • Contains a Campbell Scientific CR1000 Measurement and Control Datalogger
  • Makes thermopile-style irradiance measurements
  • Makes thermocouple back of module temperature measurements
  • Includes sealed circular connectors on the outside of the enclosure, simplifying sensor hookup
  • Reduces installation time by using a prewired/preprogrammed integrated design
  • Supports Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and static IP configuration
  • Provides a battery back system that allows data collection during power outages and network failure
  • Acts as single point data gateway for environmental, inverter, and meter data
  • Modular design promotes customization
  • Modbus, CanBus, and DNP 3.0 compliance simplifies integration


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