Kevin Keinert's Solar Electric Project
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SMA has a good web-based performance monitoring system if you
want to buy their extra add-on networking equipment. I wanted to monitor my system
locally and not have to depend on my network connection or my ISP to deliver my performance data
to SMA's internet archive server. So instead, I bought SMA's Sunny Beam unit, which is a portable Bluetooth device that
gathers performance data from the inverter, displays it on an LCD screen, and saves the data for each day
as a CSV file in its memory. A great little device, but SMA does not provide any software that allows
you to display the CSV files. They leave it up to you (the owner) to decide how to use the files.
MACRO'S FOR SALE: I created three macro programs using visual basic and Microsoft Excel 2007. All three macro programs come in one Excel 2007 Template. These macros will generate graphs of the daily, monthly, and yearly power that is produced by SMA Sunny Boy solar system. Examples of these graphs are shown below. These macros exist in a single Excel 2007 template, which I sell for $20 USD. I accept paypal, checks, and money orders. When payment is received, I will email the Excel template to you.
IMPORTANT: These macros only run on Excel 2007 and they will only read CSV files that were created by specific versions of Sunny Beam firmware. So far, these macros have been tested and proven to work with 1.07.06.R and 1.08.00.R firmware. SMA has been known to change the layout and structure of their CSV files when they release new firmware. I have not tested these macros on other firmware revisions. If you have a Sunny Beam and want to know if my macros will generate graphs for you, send me several of your CSV files. I'll run the macros and send you back the results. That way, you can be sure my macros work before you buy.
Please contact me if you have any questions,
or visit my main webpage at http://www.Keinert.com for information
about my other passion, which is coin operated arcade games.
Thanks for your visit.
Kevin R. Keinert
4351 Beverly Dr.
Santa Maria, California