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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

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
sunfarmenergy
Automatic Generator “Offloading/Fuel Reduction” appears to be key goal/ROI Feature from comments in previous Seeking Alpha dialogs.
04/05/19 @ 15:59

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
sunfarmenergy
Jim, Thanks for the excellent Summary, Ponderings & Questions? 80% of 240V * 200A = 38kW. So with Line Side Interconnect and the right Combiners, the system PV Limit is 38kW with the 200G? Rating of the OCP of Low side of the Neutral Former? May not be of concern, since the Heavy Lifting should be Line to Line anyway. Will the System Zero Export on the Initial Release that will satisfy Utilities in non net meter States Like Alabama?
04/05/19 @ 15:53

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
omartreepublic

Interesting reddit video of IQ8 at work w/ post about potential collaboration between Zola & Enphase in subsaharan Africa:

https://www.reddit.com/r/solar/comments/b3sgec/demo_clip_of_enphase_iq8_offgrid_solution/

“Enphase and Zola Electric are partnering to bring these to millions of homes in Sub-Saharan Africa this year”

04/05/19 @ 05:28

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
omartreepublic
5 stars
Hi Jim, This read just erased about half the anguish of missing last week’s conference. A few questions: 1. ATS/Meter intercept wiring challenge for combo meters: As desirable as a combo meter solution might seem, leaving pool pump/HVAC type loads on main distribution panel (i.e. off the PLP) could avert major headaches for smaller storage units (<10kWh) during outages, particularly if homeowner is unable to quickly or remotely deactivate heavier loads/thermostats (unnecessarily depleting storage capacity). There’s more than a niche market opportunity here for the Siemens/Square Ds of the world: Similar to how Siemens launched their 200A panel with 100A PV input to bypass the line side approach, making ‘interceptable’ meter to main breaker bussing / wiring would open up a market for quick/cheap ATS/whole house battery backup integrations. In the meantime, as you stated, the PLP -> MID / Enpower -> HOM2200 (or similar) breaker in main combo would seem to be the way to go. 2. Genset interoperability Assuming no clear guidelines have been presented on this, here’s a possible workaround - Wire genset controller (ex: Generac Nexus) to NC relay which opens (i.e. starts genset) when 12V signal is sent from standalone autostart unit when pre-set battery SOC reached and PV is below threshold (night-mode / thick cloud cover). Thanks again for the illuminating post!
04/05/19 @ 04:57

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
@solarguy - It didn’t come up during the session that I attended (there were two), but I have been told previously that the Ensemble system is interoperable with a generator. Whether you can get the AJH to agree or not, is another question!
04/04/19 @ 20:04

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
solarguy
Thanks, Jim! Any word on generator interoperability?
04/04/19 @ 14:34

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Yes he did, but not this session. Jim
04/03/19 @ 23:06

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
lgparker
Did Martin Fornage attend conference?
04/03/19 @ 22:59

In response to: Enphase IQ8 Update... UPDATED

Comment from:
lgparker
Thanks for posting Jim, a lot to digest here … will get back to you.
04/03/19 @ 22:23

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

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
I am planning on putting up an Enphase post this week - watch this space! But in the meantime, I wanted to give the Scanifly folks some love!
04/01/19 @ 03:02

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