What do those blue tiles tell me about my energy production?

See what the blue lines on your screen are there for, and what you can learn from them

The MyEnlighten production screen provides an at-a-glance view of your system’s energy production as a grid of square tiles (or graph), each representing a block of time. There are three views of the grid:

  • In the Months view, each row is a year and each tile is a month.
  • In the Days view, each row is a month and each tile is a day.
  • In the Hours view, each row is a day and each tile is 15-minutes.

The Days view displays by default.

The energy production grid shows what your system has produced in watt-hours (Wh), ranging from light blue for high production to black for no production.

The grid initially highlights today. Look below the grid to see production details:

  • Today’s energy production in kilowatt-hours (kWh).
  • Today’s production graphed within the context of weekly production.
  • Energy equivalents for today’s production. Click the icon to cycle through different equivalents.

If your system has a revenue grade meter (RGM), then the RGM provides the energy and power values for your system. Otherwise, MyEnlighten accumulates measurements from individual microinverters, and sums those values to come up with system-wide energy and power values.

How do I use it?

As you hover over different tiles in the grid, the details below change to display energy production values for the date outlined in white.

You can use this to explore energy production patterns; darker areas most likely represent cloudy or rainy periods, while lighter areas represent sunny and bright periods of higher energy production. With the Hours view, you can explore patterns for a single day. With the Months view, you can explore patterns over the course of the year.

You can examine production for a selected timeframe by clicking a tile. This “locks” the grid for the selected timeframe.

When the grid is locked, you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move up and down, or left and right. Click the selected tile to “unlock” the grid.

What can this tell me about my energy production?

The energy production grid helps you understand more about the levels of your system’s energy production.

For example, in the Months view, you will notice lighter tiles in summer months because of high solar radiation, and darker tiles in fall and winter. Or in the Hours view, you will notice the lightest blue tiles when the sun is highest in the sky.

You can also use the energy production grid to review longer-term system production. For example, compare last month’s energy production to the same month in the previous year. Is the production higher or lower? Were there unusual weather patterns for that month? Comparisons like these help you determine if system performance is still optimized or if there might be a need for system maintenance. You may want to consult with your solar professional if you see changes in production that are not due to weather or seasonal patterns.

Does MyEnlighten have a graph of my energy production?

If you prefer to see production as a (graph), click the graph icon at the top right of the Energy Production panel.

You can also access your production data in the Enlighten mobile app. Simply tap through to the SOLAR or Energy screens.


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