An API key is a long sequence of characters that are unique to your SolarEdge account. SolarView needs to know your API key in order to communicate with the SolarEdge server on your behalf. You obtain your API key by logging into your SolarEdge web site account and asking for a key. (You should have been provided with a login and password for your SolarEdge account by your solar installation company).
You can view an animation of the process below:
Your Site ID is a unique number provided by SolarEdge which identifies your inverter account. The Site ID is typically a 7-digit number, and it will have been provided to you by your solar installation company at the completion of your installation. If you did not obtain the Site ID, as well as a login for the SolarEdge web site, you should contact your solar installer to obtain them, free of charge. You will need the Site ID and your SolarEdge login in order to complete the installation and configuration of your SolarView account.
No. SolarView is very efficient and compact software that will have little to no detectable impact on your computer operation, even if you leave the desktop app running at all times. SolarView consumes very little memory, disk space, and processing resources.
Be aware that SolarView is highly dependent on live internet access. If your internet connectivity is slow or unreliable, SolarView may lose synchronization with cloud-based servers that provide its data. If your internet is service is down, SolarView will stop working until service is restored.
No. The SolarView Desktop app is small and fast and so should run on any reasonable Windows computer. Although we provide technical support only for Windows 7 and Windows 10, SolarView should run without a problem on any version of Windows with normal performance. The most important dependency for SolarView is reliable internet connectivity.