Struggling to understand your solar meter readings? You’re not alone. Our guide simplifies everything, demonstrating the ease of keeping track of your solar energy savings. By adhering to our detailed instructions, you’ll quickly learn the best way to control your energy consumption and output.

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Understanding Your Solar Power Meter

A solar power meter displayed against a backdrop of solar panels.

Dive into the world of solar energy management by learning how to decipher the data on your solar power meter. From recognizing what each display means to effectively track your household’s energy dynamics, we’ll guide you through understanding electric meters specifically designed for monitoring solar PV systems.

How to read EM1000 Solar PV meters?

Reading the EM1000 solar power meter is straightforward. It’s a device that tracks both the energy your solar panels send to the grid and what you use from it.

  • Find your EM1000 meter, usually attached to your house where other utilities are.
  • Look at the display on the meter. You’ll see numbers flashing.
  • Wait for the screen that shows “001.” This tells you how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity you’ve used from the grid.
  • Watch for “002” on the display. This number shows kWh sent out to the grid from your solar panels.
  • The screen will flash between positive and negative numbers. Positive means sending power out; negative means drawing power in.
  • Note these numbers regularly to track your solar energy use and generation.
  • Keep an eye out for “888.” It flashes when there’s a test or error – no need to worry, but check if it stays on.

How to read EM1200 Solar PV meters?

Just like the EM1000, the EM1200 is a meter for your solar panels. It helps you track what energy you make and use. Let’s learn how to read it.

  • Look at the display on your EM1200 meter. You’ll see a screen with numbers that tell you about your solar energy.
  • Notice that the numbers change from time to time. These changes are normal.
  • See a positive number? That means you’re sending power to the electric grid. Your solar panels are sharing power with others.
  • Find a negative number. That’s the power you get from the grid when your panels aren’t making enough.
  • Watch how the numbers switch from positive to negative. This shows if you’re using more or less energy than you make.
  • Write down the positive and negative numbers if you need to keep track of them over time.
  • Pay attention to what times of day have higher or lower numbers. This will help you understand when you use and make more energy.

Reading Your Net Meter

A net meter with solar panels and people in diverse outfits.

Your net meter is a special tool. It shows how much electric power you make and use. Here’s how to read it:

  • Look at the display screen on your meter. You’ll see numbers that tell you about your energy in kilowatt-hours (kWh).
  • Notice if the numbers go up or down. If they increase, you’re using more power from the grid than your solar panels are making. If they decrease, you’re feeding electricity back into the grid.
  • Check for a flashing arrow or light. This shows which way your energy is flowing – into your home or back to the grid.
  • Find the meter reading with “Delivered” above it. This tells you how much energy you’ve taken from the power source – like Pacific Power or Southern California Edison.
  • Now locate the number with “Received” above it. This number shows how much extra electricity your solar array sent to the grid.
  • Keep track of these numbers monthly. It helps to know how much energy you need and produce over time.
  • Understand that during sunny days, your solar panels might make more electricity than you use. The extra goes out through outlets in your home and back to the grid.
  • Realize on cloudy days or at night, you’ll likely pull more electricity from your electrical outlet since there’s less sunlight for your solar panels.

Understanding Solar Energy Production and Consumption

After getting to know how your net meter works, you’ll want to make sense of the energy your solar panels produce and use. Solar panels on your roof capture sunlight and turn it into electricity.

This process is called solar energy production. When the sun shines bright, your panels might make more power than you need. Extra electricity goes back to the grid if you have a bi-directional meter.

Your electric company may give you credits for this through net metering.

Your home uses electricity from either the solar panels or the electric grid. At night or on cloudy days, when your panels don’t make much power, you draw energy from the grid. Using what’s produced by your system first before pulling from the public supply saves money on bills because of feed-in tariffs in some places like Southern California Edison’s area.

Watching how much power you generate and use helps understand if your system meets all of your needs over time.


Reading your solar meter helps you keep track of the energy your panels make and use. You now know how to read different types of solar power meters. Doing this lets you understand your home’s energy better.

Keep an eye on those numbers, and you can see how much power you save with solar energy! This knowledge makes managing your electricity simpler and smarter.

If you’re curious about the output capabilities of different solar system sizes, learn more about how much power a 4.5 kW solar system produces.


How do I read my solar meter?

To read your smart meter, look at the digital display for numbers showing how many kilowatt hours of power you have used or created.

Does my solar panel’s speed affect my smart meter reading?

The speed doesn’t directly impact the reading on your smart meter; it just shows how much energy in kWh has been produced or used over time.

Will using hot water change what my solar smart meter says?

Using hot water won’t change the solar energy recorded by your smart meter unless you have a system connected to heat water with the sun’s power.

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