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    PG&E EV2A rate went up by 20% March 1

    Electric rate schedules change about six times a year, always have, and that's not including the twice yearly Winter->Summer and Summer->Winter seasonal changes which are not a rate schedule change in itself. You may as well assume it changes every month, but you can always visit this page...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    That is exactly what I'll be starting to experiment with soon, as I'm 9 years away now from losing grandfathering and being pushed to NEM3. I'm leaving my NEM1 system alone, but will be playing around with off-grid solar and batteries. Think about it, there is nothing preventing anyone today...
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    PG&E EV2A rate went up by 20% March 1

    That's mainly the seasonal switch from Winter rates to Summer rate (June 1 to Sept 30). Not to say there couldn't have been a rate increase as well, but when I downloaded the June tariffs last month, there was no rate change since April. That all said, there was a rate change on July 1, and as...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Heh heh, there is seemingly no shortage of hacks with the DC input port (which at 32-60VDC input is also a MPPT tracker/solar charge controller), to work around the design limitations/compromises at this price point...already folks are: -feeding another AC source (car V2L, gas generator) through...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Absolutely that would work, that's what at least one person in Houston did over the past week's outages. It would be an easier approach to backup, especially if without the Home Panel. However, a 2nd unit would be significantly more, say compared to the same capacity for expansion battery...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Also interesting to note, five families we're close to socially all got solar just before the NEM cutoff, save one whose rooftop is already doing solar pool heating, now several looking at or addressing backup power: -one didn't get their solar from Tesla, but had a third-party installer put in...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    With the recent events in Houston with Hurricane Beryl, there has been a heightened sense of urgency in both Anker and EcoFlow forums about extending battery runtime for multi-day outages, whether with off-grid solar panels or generator input. Perhaps just coincidence, but someone finally...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Looking through more of the green book. Bad news, seems like above ground, I'm subject to more restrictive rules for existing panel more than 36" from the gas riser, e.g. any conduit (drawn in dark black line) needs to be at least 6' above the regulator vent. The 36" radius is less restrictive...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Thanks wwhitney, The short answer is basically what I wanted to confirm - if the 36" radius is off-limits, I could only go over and around, basically running close to the bottom of the windowsill, which would be unsightly. But then I hit the rain gutter pipe, with no way to get around it...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    So this is a bit of a longshot, but still trying for figure out my strategy for placing the Anker Home Power Panel and the F3800 battery. I've seen some of the regulars here have some knowledge regarding electrical codes and PG&E rules, wondering if could possibly get some input to get my ducks...
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    Supercharger - Mountain View, CA - 1049 El Monte Ave (LIVE 12 Jul 2024, 12 V4 stalls)

    Was able to charge - onscreen map showed it open, but noted two stalls (2A and 2C) were down out of 12, I was OK on 2D. A few folks tried and were unable to charge, possibly additional stalls were also down. EDIT: OK, while I picked 2D by chance and was fine, noticing 30 minutes later the app...
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    Tesla Solar in Houston & Surrounding Area’s

    That honestly does not look that bad, just a few missing shingles here and there that I can see. Seems like pretty quick for someone to repair - though getting a contractor out for such a small job could be difficult. I don't have hurricanes here in California, but I do have a very large oak...
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    Supercharger - Mountain View, CA - 1049 El Monte Ave (LIVE 12 Jul 2024, 12 V4 stalls)

    I passed by here a few days ago, and there was a blue Tesla parked inside with someone working on the pedestals, had the back cover of each one off. So maybe something happening soon? Or I've read about new, unopened V3 sites having their control boards upgraded to support non-Tesla CCS, is...
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    MS Total Loss-Supercharging Lifetime Insurance Reimbursement?

    I had zero success with Progressive a year ago when my 2016 S was totaled (with far less apparent damage than yours, though my airbags all blew). Basically I could see that their third-party vendor that did the valuations and comparables would value any add-on option with a price at about $0.45...
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    2018 Model S 100D shortcomings

    As someone who had a 2016 S, any software update, regardless of any new features became very few and far between after five years. Sure, everything is just software features, but they run on hardware that can be quite different. A 2018 S could have MCU1 or MCU2, and (camera) HW2, HW2.5, or...
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    Tesla (Solar City) lease coming to and end choosing among the options

    I didn't take the 3rd one to be a 'rent-to-own' option, rather a lease extension, and then in 5 years you're back to the same choices again. If as you interpret, the third is definitely better than the first for only $500 more.
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    Has anyone realized how profoundly FSD will disrupt Real Estate?

    Didn't they also say that one would never need to find street parking or pay for parking again while out and about, as your car with FSD would just drive itself around the neighborhood over and over again while you were dining or shopping, until you were done and ready to go home?
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    Tesla (Solar City) lease coming to and end choosing among the options

    I agree with folks that Option C is a lose-lose if Tesla actually sends out labor to remove the system and patch the roof. I wonder if they might resort to trying something more basic (unless customer actually insists on having the equipment removed from the roof) - like just pulling the string...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Got it, I haven't looked much at the X1, as it wasn't much on my radar, so I understand why you're asking now. I believe the Bluetti EP900 also can control other grid-tied inverters, while the EP800 cannot - both are solutions only available through select qualified installers. The Bluetti...
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    Ordered a used Tesla MY from Tesla and communication stopped

    I think this is good advice for a new car that's on order, esp since the new car can be refused whether one currently has a VIN assigned or not yet. Basically all potential issues still fall on Tesla's burden. But in this case, the OP has purchased a used vehicle that comes in "as-is"...
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    Supercharger - Corning (6 V2 stalls)

    The last 5 check-ins on Plugshare, going back to March 2024 to present, all say max charge rate of 55-57kw. Even on shared v2, that's somewhat on the low side, and seems persistent. Given there are now other choices nearby, shouldn't it be noted, so people can make informed decisions before...
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    Yes, I think we already went through this on the thread back in February, that's why I put the "AC Coupling" in quotes. You will not find a F3800 doing that, it only does what Anker described that it does, which is backfeed the main panel. I'm not sure what you are waiting for....
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    PG&E EPSS and generator options

    First, just a preface that the entire winter/spring went by without a single power outage, so never had a chance to try the Anker Solix F3800 standalone directly into the PG&E whole-home BPTM transfer (save for a brief 10-min sunny morning blip where I was too slow to get things hooked up before...
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    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    I guess add tornados to the list of problems, going forward, if I read the news right this week?
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    Tesla (Solar City) lease coming to and end choosing among the options

    Congrats on buying out the old system at $1/watt. I don't know if you mentioned here how long was the original lease (how old are the panels)? Just read an article about a 30-year old PV array in France that was just retired, the panels were tested and still delivered about 75% of their...
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    New car, 4,000 miles, replace one tire?

    I love Discount Tire (or America's Tire as it's called in my area) - but this is one of the reasons I never buy their road hazard certificates. I'm generally unlucky with nail/screw punctures, on average one a year for the past 6-7 years (including one this Feb and another in April). Most were...
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    2000+ mile Camping trip to Rushmore in a Model Y Long Range - First long distance trip and sleeping in the car

    I have a version of the 10'x10' Napier Backroadz SUV tent that the OP linked, have used it a few times both with a Model S attached and without attaching to the car. It used to be over $400 at the time, though mine was a Sam's Club special I got for <$150 - current Amazon price is <$300. It's...
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    Slate style Tesla Roof?

    Apologies, I think I mistakenly extrapolated articles I read. Probably more accurate if I'd said they never released the other shapes - slate and tuscan. It looks like the smooth and textured have the same shape, so I thought they were just one and the same. My personal opinion is they've...
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    Slate style Tesla Roof?

    To specifically answer the OP's question, they never released any of the other tile styles like slate. They only released the smooth tile - which is what they now appear to be giving up on as well.
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    CA electricity bills will have new fixed fees based on income

    It's typically about four increases per year, for the past 10-15 years, last time I checked....
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    AB1999 is dead for this legislative session, so it's not going to come up for a vote in the near future. At least for PG&E territory, the new fixed charge won't come into effect a year later in 2026 for some reason, so we can only hope on AB1999 to come up before then....
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    I was wondering why AB1999 was not a slam dunk, to cap or repeal the fixed monthly charge proposal. Apparently it was "tabled" by the CA House Speaker in a procedural maneuver, so never had a chance to come up for a vote. So basically crony politics between the House Speaker and Newsom....
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    I just did some CPUC math in the other thread, which suggests for PG&E about a 4.5 cent reduction on baseline usage, and 3.5-4.5 cents on higher usage - based solely on the limited data CPUC provided: CA electricity bills will have new fixed fees based on income However, the same CPUC math...
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    CA electricity bills will have new fixed fees based on income

    Let's look at their math another way, let's look just at the above $62K buckets (thus higher-income includes most of the working poor and middle-class as well) The low usage bucket averages $10 more using 313kwh monthly average. Since the fixed monthly fee is $24, then the rate on the first...
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    CA electricity bills will have new fixed fees based on income

    Not only is it regressive (lower incomes pay more), but this data painted by CPUC does not even make sense, as it somehow suggests that the vast majority of groups will benefit, i.e. pay less than they do now. But this is supposed to be revenue-neutral zero-sum game, the $24 fixed fee will be...
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    USA MY RWD has soft limited LR battery!

    Model S 60 to 75 unlock eventually dropped to $2K IIRC, I think most took it at that price. I think 70 to 75 unlock also was $500 in that same timeframe. So there have been unlocks cheaper than $3K before. But as before, the value is subjective and dependent on personal situation....
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    First Tesla purchase turning sour.

    500k miles is for no Tesla new or old. The post Musk made in 2019 was really referencing 1500 charge cycles per Model 3 battery module before it degrades, unfortunately entire packs (comprised of more than a dozen modules) fail for any number of reasons, including cell failure within a module...
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    2024 Eclipse Effect on Solar in California

    Aren't cool spring days the time when spot energy prices tend to go negative in California, i.e. abundance of solar and lack of energy need for heating/cooling? Makes total sense to store the excess in batteries rather than "selling" at a negative price - well, that's true in general, but...
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    Gen 1 High Power Wall Charger - TPN 1011831-00-D won't charge 2023 MY?

    How does one tell if it's a original Gen 1 vs the later Gen 1? I bought a secondhand Gen 1 back in 2019, and I did download a couple of different manuals I found online - I notice now that one manual doesn't show a 90A dipswitch setting, the other does. But since I've only used mine at 24A...
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    Enphase IQ8 & Powerwall add on

    Congrats! I'm curious if you observed the installation, and whether they indeed just kept in place your existing controller/gateway, and whether any other components/boxes were either added or removed (aside from the 5 batteries of course)... If mainly just adding the 5P's, hope you got a...
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    M3P battery draining while traveling overseas long term (Sentry has been off)

    I'd also guess it's a dying 12V battery. My elderly parents don't drive much, 11K miles on 2018 M3 LR, and often car sits for 7-10 days at a time. Like you, typically very low vampire drain while it's sitting in their garage, but a few years ago they suddenly saw huge vampire drain - only...
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    Supercharger - Mountain View, CA - 1049 El Monte Ave (LIVE 12 Jul 2024, 12 V4 stalls)

    I have to honestly admit that though I've frequented the Chipotle, Panera and other food on the other end of this shopping complex, I've never visited this bagel shop nor the CVS, and have entirely never realized there was a parking area over here! My guess is that all 12 will be in one row...
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    Supercharger - Mountain View, CA - 1049 El Monte Ave (LIVE 12 Jul 2024, 12 V4 stalls)

    I hadn't yet seen this thread, so imagine my shock when I was waiting on the road here to turn right into the parking lot, glance to my right and see three white Supercharger cabinets staring right back at me! This will be the closest Supercharger to home by travel distance (not that I...
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    Cybertruck On Display in Japan

    Surprised by the amount of snow in the photos, aren't the cherry blossoms supposed to start blooming there next week? Last year we visited Tokyo in early April and was already well past the peak bloom...
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    Supercharger - Mountain View, CA - Grant Rd (LIVE 18 Jul 2024, 32 V3 stalls)

    About par for this stretch of El Camino, the one slightly north at San Antonio Rd has been sitting a few months longer, as well as maybe the one a bit south in Sunnyvale...
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    OTHER EV’S SUCK

    Maybe the used Bolt's are not worth much for resale, but my friend who has one of the early vintage models like yours was ecstatic to get a brand-new battery last year due to the recall - so more than satisfied to keep using it for years to come on his commute (which is what he's always done...
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    Marin Clean Energy Solar Storage Credit

    I actually stumbled across the MCE app when exploring alternatives to Charge on Solar (since I don't have a Powerwall), even though I'm in SVCE land. Again the SVCE Gridshift is so poorly reviewed, I dare not even try it. So even though the MCE one says you have to be a MCE customer, I wonder...
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    Marin Clean Energy Solar Storage Credit

    One small caveat with the single-purpose apps like the MCE one that need access to your Tesla account - in this case to not just control your car's charging but presumably also to monitor the car's battery level: Often the programmers are just programming to many API's, in this case to the...
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    why won't Tesla transfer FUSC more than once?

    I'm not a super expert on insurance, but it seems to me as long as he paid for minimal insurance, you're fully covered, because YOUR own insurance will pay you everything but your collision deductible, and then when your insurance goes after his insurance, they'll recover at least enough for...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    There was a Sunset magazine design house smack-dab in SF's MIssion District about 15 years ago, that had a working wind turbine on the roof, partially visible here: Not a huge one, but working nonetheless - not sure how much energy it could produce though. A beautiful modern home, but...