Solar monitoring?

Hey all, I'm new here so if I posted in the wrong place, feel free to move!

I've had my Pi for a while, probably since mid July, awesome device, really really nice.

Last weekend we had a solar system fitted, 16 panels and an inverter box. On the bottom of the box is an RS232/serial port, you can connect this to a Windows machine and view stats of the inverter box like total power output, how much it's generated and how much it's generating now, graphs, etc.
It also has 2 RS485 plugs on the bottom, can't say I've heard of that but thought I would include.
Manual http://wallcanncdn.com/performanceshop/solar-River-Grid-Connect-Manual.pdf that includes info on that on page 29. Our model is the SR4K4TLA1.

I'm wondering if I can use my Pi to monitor the system like I would with a Windows machine. Ideally I'd like to either be able to view this info through a local webserver on the Pi, or through a local IRC network the Pi can connect to, like typing a command and the Pi spit out the info on the channel.

I'm completely new to all of this, and have no idea where to start, even if I can use serial on the Pi.

Any help would be great,
Cheers guys!

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