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In response to: Sunrun Gets Sued - But is a Bad Deal Deceptive? UPDATED x2

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
I am sorry to hear of your situation - as the comments above attest, it is not uncommon. One positive development lately - all solar contracts in CA are now required to disclose the total amount to be paid.
06/10/19 @ 21:48

In response to: Sunrun Gets Sued - But is a Bad Deal Deceptive? UPDATED x2

Comment from:
loumahony
I leased my system from Sunrun on Jan 2011. They said rates for So Cal Edison have risen about 7% per year, so my 20 yr contract provides a 2% a year increase. I now pay more to Sunrun $.29 per KWH, than if I was on So Cal Edison. Talked to them, after a two month wait for a response, and they said my usage decreased by 25%, therefore they could not reduce my $.29 rate. This was obviously misleading representation by SunRun. DON’T LEAASE OR BUY FROM THEM.
06/10/19 @ 19:38

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
kcherpj1
Just looking around at some 15kVA dry-type distribution transformers, and they are floor mount units starting at 170lbs. A 25kVA unit was 230+ lbs. I suppose in worst case scenario calculations, with one leg carrying the entire load (160A), the 25kVA unit would be about as large as you would need. But that’s a large piece of equipment that will need a home.
05/20/19 @ 16:41

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
kcherpj1
5 stars
Am I missing something, or will the neutral forming transformer have to be a fairly large piece of equipment? If the MID will be 200A, then potentially the neutral will have to carry many kVA, no? This can’t be a cheap/small piece of equipment, can it?
05/20/19 @ 16:22

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

Bill –

I think it makes sense for people to go ahead with an IQ7 install now, particularly given the two opportunity cost factors, namely: a) reducing high utility bills this summer, and b) taking advantage of the full 30% ITC (though the step-down to 26% does not make this too significant of a factor).

I’m not sure whether the system could switch over at night without a battery - not sure where the power to operate the ATS would come from. When the sun came up, the micros could form the grid, but I’m not sure how that is going to work from a regulatory perspective.

When we saw it in the lab last July, there was no battery connected (initially) and when they threw the breaker (simulating the grid failing) the IQ8 micros formed the grid in an imperceptible amount of time.

Best regards…

Jim
05/10/19 @ 00:55

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
billgilbrook
@Jim Jenal What is your opinion for those interested in features of the Enphase Ensemble system, but want to install an Enphase IQ7 system now? Likely Ensemble/IQ8 will integrate easily with IQ7 roof array enabling continued operation (when sun out) during utility grid fail? Can this happen from a “black start” or would a battery be necessary?
05/07/19 @ 12:42

In response to: Scanifly - the Coolest Thing I've seen this Year!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

That is great news!

I know how challenging it can be to provide first-rate customer support, so I’m happy to hear that they were able to work through your issues, and that the 3d model is working so well for you!

Can’t wait to try it for myself! - Nice job, Scanifly!

Jim
04/27/19 @ 01:23

In response to: Scanifly - the Coolest Thing I've seen this Year!

Comment from:
thekwhour
@scanifly thank you for the support. Once I got my photos uploaded the 3d model looks amazing! Really excited to continue using your service. My upload speed of 2Mb was not enough to handle the images like you mention. Thanks for the support. Awesome stuff for sure.
04/27/19 @ 00:54

In response to: Beware SCE's Attempt to Switch Solar Customers to TOU Rates!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

Paul –

To the best of my knowledge, when your rate-plan lock-in expires, you will be put on one of the rate schedules then open. You get the benefit of full retail net metering for 20 years, but you do not get the option to go back to a tiered rate. In all of the IOU territories, tiered rates will very soon be a thing of the past.

If you think that is unfair, may I encourage you to sign up for the Solar Rights Alliance? They are dedicated to increasing the political power of solar power system owners like yourself before entities like the CPUC.

Best regards…

Jim
04/26/19 @ 18:05

In response to: Beware SCE's Attempt to Switch Solar Customers to TOU Rates!

Comment from:
paul65k
Do you know if you switched to one of the now grandfathered TOU plans (TOU-D-T) which I think will run through 2022 as I switched to it in 2017 will be allowed to return to tiered pricing for the balance of the original 20-year NEM1 contract which runs through July of 2035?? It seems only fair that if this was an option under the contract and switching back was an option under the old TOU grandfathered plans that being able to revert to tiered pricing would still be an option???????
04/26/19 @ 16:06

In response to: Scanifly - the Coolest Thing I've seen this Year!

Comment from:
scanifly
Hi @thekwhour, We’re sorry to hear your experience using Scanifly has not met your expectations. We try our best to support all of our customers as often as possible, and almost always reply within 24 hours of receiving a message. Sometimes local internet upload speed causes challenges when uploading the high resolution images. We suspect this has been the problem you’re experiencing. We’re happy to chat offline about this at your convenience. We’re also about to post some new tutorials and support materials for our community, which will discuss using drones in solar, creating shade reports, and navigating a 3D-built environment. These should also enhance your experience with us.
04/25/19 @ 20:40

In response to: Scanifly - the Coolest Thing I've seen this Year!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

I have to say that seems very odd. I can’t think of any reason why images couldn’t be uploaded. How long ago did you try this? How many photos were you uploading?

That said, we are going to be trying this soon ourselves and then we will report on our full experience.

Jim
04/25/19 @ 18:40

In response to: Scanifly - the Coolest Thing I've seen this Year!

Comment from:
thekwhour
Great idea. However poor execution. My images never complete uploading. They say it’s my issue but I am able to upload gigabytes of files to google drive and iCloud all the time. Can never get a model to upload completely for processing. So disappointing.
04/25/19 @ 16:19

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

I am sorry that you are having so much trouble with your solar billing. Without know what you signed, I am really unable to provide much assistance. (You may need to consult with a lawyer to get out of the lease, if indeed that is what you assumed.) Given that we are in California, I don’t have a lot of contacts in New Jersey, but I will ask around and see if I can find someone local who can try to explain your bill and your obligations to you better.

Best of luck.

Jim
04/20/19 @ 23:42

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from:
serna4202
Hi Jim I am hoping you can help me. I live in NJ and purchased a home that had solar panels. Actually I learned additional panels were installed per the provider so I now receive 2 separate billings. The cost per month is 3x more than what I was paying to the electric company in previous homes I lived in. Avg. bill is 100.00 or more per month. At the time of purchase I did sign a transfer form stating I would be the new owner. I never received nor signed a contract with the solar company. Previous owner shared her monthly bill was approx. 50 per month very doable. Do I have any recourse. Would love to have no solar lease and just pay a mo bill to electric company which is far more affordable. Lastly I DO NOT understand the solar bill to get a better understanding of usuage. Thanks
04/20/19 @ 23:31

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

I am very sorry to hear of your difficulties. It is certainly the responsibility of your installer to make sure that your system is fully operational. Whether they have an obligation to pay you for the energy shortfall is a function of your contract – if it includes a performance guarantee, then they may have to pay you.

If your contractor can’t - or won’t - solve your problem, please let me know. There are plenty of conscientious solar installers in Florida, and I’m sure we can find someone to help make things right.

Good luck!

Jim
04/16/19 @ 17:23

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from:
aotero133
I live in Florida and I just receive my 1st solar panel bill. To my surprise I was shock, I was expecting to have a bill a lot less than what I got. I wish I would of found this link before I invested in these solar panels. I have a total of 27 panels and two inverters, I have 13 panels in the front of house which faces south and the other 14 on the right side of the house. The 1st two weeks one of the inverters was not working, should I notified the contractor to see if they can pay the difference? I am under contract and my payments are $136. My first bill now with the electric company is $100. As of now I am not saving nothing I am actually over. Without solar panels my bill would of been around $150 to $160. Yeah I am very upset due to they sold me a dream which in reality it is a nightmare. Will my electric bill eventually go down or will this be an ongoing thing? Please help
04/16/19 @ 09:52

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
alf
Thanks for keeping us updated Jim! I love the potential of IQ8 especially when coupled with storage. My interest is in both on and off grid versions. So many use cases…RV trailers, shed power for charging up the lawn mower, water pumping, greenhouse ventilation, its endless. The tech should also rock the battery charging world by making charge controllers redundant. Wonder if there is any benefit to wiring solar panels in parallel on the dc side similar to what they’re doing with Encharge batteries? If one micro failed your capacity factor would go up and only slightly reduce your overall output. Compared to a guaranteed loss of the one panel/micro output. There would still be no HVDC on the roof…and current is defined/controlled by the output of the micro… Again much thanks!
04/06/19 @ 18:13

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

I have zero specs on the components of the MID, except that the switch is rated at 200A - which as you suggest is 160A continuous.

As of today’s IQ microinverters you can have them configured for non-export (for Hawaii, in particular) simply by selecting the utility profile when you commission the system. So I am (99%) certain that Ensemble will be able to satisfy that requirement on initial release.

04/05/19 @ 17:27

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
I am pretty sure they are the special customer who paid Enphase $6 million to get to the head of the line with the off-grid IQ8.
04/05/19 @ 17:23

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