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How to use SolarCharge

In this guide you will learn how to set up and use Virtual SolarCharge.
Written by Yana Yankova
Last updated: 30 January, 2024
In this guide

SolarCharge is a feature that enables private charge point owners, who have solar panels to use the solar panels to power their charge.

Monta offers Virtual SolarCharge and Integrated SolarCharge. You can read more about the set up here. The type of SolarCharge available for your charge point depends on your setup. Currently, you can only use one type and you will automatically get the correct flow in the Monta app.

Set up Virtual SolarCharge

  1. Click on Me and select SolarCharge
  2. Click on Activate SolarCharge
  3. Select the charge point
  4. Configure the position of your solar panels
    • Set the Peak Output in kW
    • Select the angle of declination in degrees
    • Set the Azimuth in degrees
  5. See the calculated kW output and click to calibrate it if needed.
    • If you have a display that shows you your current kW output, you can insert the number.
  6. Save the inputs and you are done!

Set up Integrated SolarCharge

  1. Click on Me and select SolarCharge
  2. Click on Activate SolarCharge
  3. Select the charge point
  4. Wait for the activation
  5. You are ready to charge!

Charge with SolarCharge

You can currently use SolarCharge with Charge Now. The charge amount will be determined by the output of you solar panels and your car.

Charge with Virtual SolarCharge

  1. Go to Chargers
  2. Open the charge point you have set up with Virtual SolarCharge
  3. Select Charge now
  4. Toggle on Virtual SolarCharge
  5. Slide to start charging right now

Charge with Integrated SolarCharge

  1. Go to Chargers
  2. Open the charge point you have set up with Virtual SolarCharge
  3. Select Charge now
  4. Toggle on Virtual SolarCharge
  5. Slide to start charging right now

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Frequently asked questions

Why is my SolarCharge paused, if there is sun?

Charge points and cars require a minimum charging effect (speed). If the power produced by your solar panels is not sufficient to sustain a charge, then the charge will be paused until the charging effect is increased to the required level.

This minimum level depends on whether you have a single or 3 phase charger. For single phase chargers on 230 V, the required solar power production is 1.4 kW. On 3 phases, the minimum power required is 4.2 kW.


Can I SmartCharge or Scheduled charge with solar power?

Today, Virtual SolarCharge is only available with Charge Now. Users will have to choose whether they are charging from their own, current solar energy or with energy from the electricity grid.


Why can’t I see the option to SolarCharge on my charge point?

Your charge point will not be visible if it is not compatible with SolarCharging, or if you are not the owner or administrator of the charge point. Go into the charge point settings to modify these access settings if needed.

If you own multiple charge points, you must set up Virtual SolarCharge on each charge point, individually. 


When will the charging stop?

A charge now Virtual SolarCharge will stop the charge either when the car is full. If the sun goes down, the charge is paused, until the sun is back up.


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