In 2022, telecommunications providers will be phasing out old networks (2G/3G) in favor of faster, upgraded networks. The wireless carriers will no longer support 3G devices including most dedicated solar production meters and inverters installed before 2019 that are not already communicating via Wi-Fi or ethernet. The dedicated production meters or inverters are used to report your system’s solar electricity production for SREC credit. If your dedicated solar meter is connected to a 3G cell card, it will no longer be able to communicate to the Internet once the 2G/3G networks are phased out. If your 3G monitoring is not updated, our team members will no longer be able to remotely monitor your system’s production and SRECs will not be awarded to your account.
Only older 2G and 3G cellular-connected meters will be affected
If your system uses Wi-Fi or an ethernet connection to communicate or we use estimated production to award your site SRECs, the 3G sunset will not affect your system’s SREC reporting. If you manually report your system’s energy production, you will also not be affected by the sunset.
Systems on Estimated Production will not be affected
To see if your system is on Estimated Production, please log on to your Sol Systems Dashboard at https://srecs.solsystems.com/. Once logged in, click “Systems” from the top bar of options, then click the blue “view” button next to the system. Scroll down to “Reporting Method”. For full instructions on getting here, please see these instructions.
If your system is on Estimated Production (as above) the 3G shutdown will not affect your system’s reporting capabilities and you should continue receiving SREC payments.
Meters & inverters installed in 2019 or later should not be affected
If your solar energy system was installed in 2019 or later, your meter should already be on a faster, upgraded network that will not be affected by the 3G sunset.
If your system…
- was installed before 2019
- does not use Estimated Production for SREC reporting
- does not have energy production reported manually
- uses a remote monitoring system that may report using a cellular connection (not Wi-Fi or ethernet)
then your system’s SREC production reporting may be affected by the 3G sunset. If that’s the case, please read our FAQ below for your next steps.
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