Monitor and maintain your home’s renewable energy system
Use PG&E tools to track your energy use
With your online account, you can view and manage your net energy use. Net energy is the difference between the energy your home uses and the energy your renewable system produces. Make your online account your go-to resource for viewing energy savings and improving your system performance.
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From your online account dashboard, you can:
- View your bill including how you are tracking towards your solar True-Up.
- Pay your PG&E bill online.
- View graphs of your electricity use and solar summary views by selecting “Energy Usage Details.”
- Discover more ways to save with a PG&E Home Energy Checkup. Visit Home Energy Checkup.
Find out how to monitor your system more closely
Consider a professionally installed monitoring system if you want to track your solar panel performance more closely. When performance drops, the system monitors which panels aren’t working properly and identifies panels that need repair. Most professional panel monitoring systems require a monthly subscription fee.
The State of California maintains a list of authorized performance monitoring providers.
For additional information:
- Visit the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program.
- Visit the California Public Utilities distributed generation and solar tracking data.
NOTE: If a leasing company or power purchase provider owns your system, performance monitoring and reporting may be included in your contract. Read your contract for specific terms and conditions.
Get better performance through regular inspections
Dirty solar panels can significantly reduce the amount of energy your home generates. Sources of dirt include dust and soot from nearby roads, bird waste and debris from rainy or dry weather conditions. Fortunately, ensuring that your solar panels are maintained properly is under your control.
Have your solar panels inspected
PG&E suggests that you have your panels inspected every two years, or when you notice a significant drop in performance during clear weather. Only a licensed professional solar contractor should perform system maintenance and inspections. Solar panel inspectors check for the following conditions:
- Twigs and leaves on or underneath panels
- Loose screws and wires
- Cracked or stained panels
- New tree growth or other obstructions shading panels
NOTE: If a leasing company or power purchase provider owns your system, maintenance might be included in your contract. Read your contract for specific terms and conditions.