Preparing your device

If you purchased a complete device you can skip this article.

Hardware support

Device Remarks Video output
Orange PI 3 LTS (Must be LTS) Data is real-time within 1 - 2 seconds
Historic metric every 10 seconds
Full HD kiosk
Raspberry PI 5
Raspberry PI 4
Data is real-time within 1 - 2 seconds
Historic metric every 10 seconds
Full HD kiosk
Raspberry PI 3
Raspberry PI Zero 2 W
Data is real-time within 1 - 2 seconds
Historic metric every 10 seconds
Text based console
Raspberry PI Zero W
Raspberry PI 3A+
Data is real-time within 2 - 4 seconds
Historic metric every 30 seconds
None
Raspberry PI 1, 2
Raspberry PI Zero
Not officially supported, but used by some users None

NB: All other Orange PIs, Banana PIs, Rock PIs, etc. are not supported. Virtual machines, docker, etc. is also not supported.

SD card Remarks
Recommended: 16GB 10 years of data for up to 9 inverters
Minimum: 8GB 10 years of data for a single inverter

Step 1

You can download the SD card image on the sites page. It will require registration if you aren't already registered.

Download SolarAssistant

Step 2

Extract the Zip file you downloaded and flash the ISO file to an SD card. We recommend using Balena Etcher.

Using balenaEtcher to flash SolarAssistant to SD card

Step 3

Insert the SD card in the SolarAssistant Pi and turn it on. Please follow one of the guides below.