SunPower debuts solar panel monitoring app

SunPower's new mobile app allows homeowners to track the performance of their residential solar systems in real time.

"Hmm, did I leave the solar panels on?"

Solar cell, panel and system manufacturer SunPower this morning released a new mobile application that allows homeowners to track how their residential solar systems are performing in real time.

It's the latest (baby) step toward leveraging the "smart" part of the smart grid.

The app, which is free and for Google Android smartphones, sensibly includes usage trend information as well as historical data broken out on an hourly, monthly and annual basis.

It might not change your purchasing decision, but it's a nice perk nonetheless.

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