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  1. GregBallantyne

    Install Completed! Great Experience! Video and Details

    My PWs charge from grid at a max rate of 5.8 kw, unless on Stormwatch. I've only seen Stormwatch charging a few times, but recall rates in the 12-15kw range.
  2. GregBallantyne

    Powerwalls Stuck in Standby

    Good idea - it could be a reporting issue rather than an operational issue of defect. If that doesn't change things, other folks like Vines will know more about it than I do.
  3. GregBallantyne

    "Over-paneling" old Enphase micro-inverters?

    I can't answer your question, but am looking forward to a response. I would think that your inverters should have a specified capacity, and if you replace existing panels with higher capacity panels without exceeding the inverter capacity, you haven't wasted your time and effort, or $. Assuming...
  4. GregBallantyne

    Powerwalls Stuck in Standby

    On a Tesla system with Powerwalls (like mine) the Gateway takes all power inputs and decides where they go. Solar production goes to the Gateway, grid power goes to the Gateway, and Powerwalls go the the Gateway. My Gateway then supplies the main panel, or load center. My system is whole house...
  5. GregBallantyne

    Is Tesla a good option for solar panels in 2024?

    That annual number depends on a number of factors, but my limited experience prompts a couple of observations. My house sees some shading, early and late in the day. The Tesla design team estimate for an annual number was around 9.5 mw, I added about 2kw capacity to the roof (went from a 15kw to...
  6. GregBallantyne

    Non-Tesla EV charger & wiring

    My sister's EV6 experience isn't likely to be helpful. She installed a Blink charger, but they don't have solar or batteries, and manage car charging thru the car app. Their charger isn't networked, the car communicates with it. Of course the data flows and solar charging considerations we are...
  7. GregBallantyne

    Install Completed! Great Experience! Video and Details

    I use Charge HQ to do this. The Tesla app has this available now, but Charge HQ is working well for me so I haven't set up the process in the Tesla app. I had trouble connecting my wall connector to the app, and resolution wasn't going well so I just kept using Charge HQ. You can eliminate...
  8. GregBallantyne

    Install Completed! Great Experience! Video and Details

    For me the best production days are lightly cloudy mornings that clear off by noon, and maybe get a little cloudy again in the evening. Probably has something to do with shading and stark shadows - the diffusion of the light thru light cloud cover spreads the photons on my roof that way, evening...
  9. GregBallantyne

    Install Completed! Great Experience! Video and Details

    Very nice. Now I'm jealous.... my best day in over a year generated 68 kwh. But I get significant shading before 10 am and after 3:30 pm, as I live in the woods.
  10. GregBallantyne

    Is Tesla a good option for solar panels in 2024?

    Moving the vents would be well worth the additional generation, IMO
  11. GregBallantyne

    Solar Roof Now Missing in App

    Not a global issue - I still see my solar roof in the app.
  12. GregBallantyne

    Non-Tesla EV charger & wiring

    My sister got an EV6 about 2 years ago. It's a great EV in many ways, and I'd say you all should be happy with it. I haven't seen a VW ID of any variety, that I'm aware of. I'll be seeing her tomorrow, I can ask what charger they used. I doubt the choice of EV or charger matters to Gateway or...
  13. GregBallantyne

    How do you feel about my Tesla solar panel install (roof rafters)?

    Really great to hear about another solar generation/storage installation! The start of a rewarding journey, based on my own experience over the last couple years. Lots of things enter into such a project, from concept to operation, and beyond in many ways. Roof penetrations were one small factor...
  14. GregBallantyne

    Install Completed! Great Experience! Video and Details

    Sounds like a great system. I am sure you will really like it, and it's great to hear about another fine comprehensive solar generation and storage system exerting the world of operation! I think you may notice a few temporary odd things about your system operation, especially if you tend to...
  15. GregBallantyne

    Houston - Powerwalls not falling back to grid after outage is resolved.

    In our first year of operation we've seen 34 grid outages. Only once or twice have we known something happened (a slight flicker) without having to notice the app info or notification to find out. In this location over the years, we've had uncountable grid outages with many causing lots of...
  16. GregBallantyne

    Absolutely Disgusted With Tesla & Connected Solutions

    There seems to be a level of consensus that while Tesla products can be really great, Tesla customer service can be quite the opposite. Where I live, there is a Tesla service center not too far away, and over the 6 years I've owned a Tesla vehicle both the service center and mobile service have...
  17. GregBallantyne

    Power out - now I know why we got Powerwalls!

    Lots of reasons to drive an EV. Ease of charging at home is one of them, but not at the top of my list. As a perk, it's at the very top. I hardly ever use Superchargers, but when I do I don't mind at all, I am NEVER waiting for the charge. But driving on sunshine? Priceless!
  18. GregBallantyne

    Is Tesla a good option for solar panels in 2024?

    I'm sure there are many contributing differences in my system as compared to the system you're looking at, so take what I'm about to say with that in mind, your mileage will most certainly vary: My 17.2kw system (inverter limit 15.2kw) produced about 11.5 mwh in a 12 month period. My useage...
  19. GregBallantyne

    FPL says I need to have a Small Generator Connection agreement due to system size

    I end up using some grid power anually, but for half the year or more send power back on the grid or break even. Without the connection agreement from the grid operator in place, I would not have recieved the meter swap that supports net metering. My installer needed the grid operator meter pull...
  20. GregBallantyne

    FPL says I need to have a Small Generator Connection agreement due to system size

    Perhaps so. He's confusing us, or maybe just me a little. I'm still curious what the details would be. Not that I am impacted, but I just like to know these kinds of things.
  21. GregBallantyne

    FPL says I need to have a Small Generator Connection agreement due to system size

    But, like the OP, I'm a little curious about what the "small generator agreement" definitions get into. Obviously not as curious as he is.... but I would also comment that I'm not so sure this system has already been installed. I would think this issue would come up prior to installation, in my...
  22. GregBallantyne

    Proposed System Feedback

    I don't want to scare people with my story.... it was about 1 3/4 years from contract to operation for my project. Not due to the Tesla delays we all hear about. I used the regional Tesla Certified Installer, who from what I understand was more responsive than Tesla. But my contract was...
  23. GregBallantyne

    Proposed System Feedback

    I am one who went with Solar Roof, went into operation a bit over a year ago. My contract started with 2 PW, but I added another before installation. I also added another 2 kw of generation capacity by maxing out active tiles, above the Tesla designed system. My only inactive tiles are trim...
  24. GregBallantyne

    Tesla Announces Powerwall 3 "DC Expansion"

    Glad to hear it! Hate to say, however, when I got mine I was still further from operation than I thought I was. But I am also sure my experience was an outlier, not the norm. You'll end up happy with it all when you get into operation, and the wait will be history.
  25. GregBallantyne

    Set It and Forget It Strategies

    Thanks for a look at a strategy based on goals just a little different. I would also use an "if then" type of PW automation logic, were it available....
  26. GregBallantyne

    Set It and Forget It Strategies

    After a little more than 12 months operation I think I've settled on a "set it and forget it" operation strategy. As operating strategies are aimed at goals, and we all have some similar, but perhaps different goals when installing solar systems, a little background is in order. Here in Md we...
  27. GregBallantyne

    Power out - now I know why we got Powerwalls!

    I seem to have developed conflicting delusions - one, to always have a high minimum reserve, and two, to self power and never take grid. Laboring along under these conditions can take a toll..... need more PWs...... TSLA went up enough the last week or so that I could sell some shares and PW on...
  28. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    You're stirring my memory. I recall the 60 kwh max per installation batteries. My first issue with them was their size requirement - I can get 6 PWs into that space, again if I'm recalling right. The 5Ps might be closer to a PW footprint. The second was responsiveness - the Enphase sales guy...
  29. GregBallantyne

    Grid charging question for PW 3 etc.

    Mine grid charge at 5.8 kw in self powered mode - total, not per PW. The behavior appears to be Gateway directed, but that's based only on my observated based conclusion. I've never operated in Time Based mode. Of course, the Gateway settings could well be in place due to a grid operator...
  30. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    A house like mine, which is all electric, with one load center, would get across the threshold for whole house backup configuration with a single PW3. I've only seen momentary load demand over 12 kw, (kicking on the heat pump compressor) and a PW3 would do that. I could have done the same with 2...
  31. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    Depends on some circumstances. LFP doesn't experience the same rate of capacity reduction due to cold temps, but if your PWs are installed in a controlled temp place (mine are) that isn't a factor. In the case they were not, is a reason I was looking at some LFP battery choices a couple of years...
  32. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    It's been a couple of years.... but I looked fairly heavily into the Enphase battery offerings in 2021. The 5P appears to be quite similar, with perhaps a bit better specs when it comes to output. In comparison to PW, the Enphase did not meet my goals. There was a limit of 25 kwh per...
  33. GregBallantyne

    Grid charging question for PW 3 etc.

    When I move my reserve point up to charge from grid my system never puts any higher than 5.8 kw into the PWs, even when there is a solar contribution less than 5.8 kw. If solar to PWs exceeds 5.8 kw, the grid draw stops. That has the appearance of a limit imposed by the Gateway. I have yet to...
  34. GregBallantyne

    Power out - now I know why we got Powerwalls!

    Im a Bit bad for that myself. I think I would need another 1-3 PWs for me to not do it. Our top priority for putting all this in is energy security, so I want 24+ hours of backup power under the condition of the sun not producing at all. So I often err on the side of caution, and took grid...
  35. GregBallantyne

    Power out - now I know why we got Powerwalls!

    I also have an as yet untried backup scenario involving a gas powered generator. If I throw the main on my load center, I isolate the house from the Roof, Gateway, Powerwalls, and grid. I would then run the generator to power the load center from a feed in the barn as I used to do prior to solar...
  36. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    I would think so, if the DC expansion units are not yet available. You would have plenty of inversion capacity - one on each PW and the micro inverters. Begs the question why not just get PW2 instead of PW3? Especially if there is a price difference. But my neighbor just had solar panels...
  37. GregBallantyne

    PW3 Built-In Inverters

    Are you feeding the PWs with Solar? I'm not sure st the moment what the capacity of the PW3 inverter is, but my system (PW2s) needs 2 inverters, each with a 7.6 kw capacity, to take the production. Edit- a Google search showed me a Tesla web page stating maximum solar input 20 kw.
  38. GregBallantyne

    Power out - now I know why we got Powerwalls!

    In 12 months of operation, our house has had 32 grid outages, the longest lasting 3 days. The rate of grid outages has been increasing in recent years. As climate change continues to develop, this rate will not decrease, but dangerous temperatures will. So this is more than simply "cool", and...
  39. GregBallantyne

    PWs and mini-split voltage

    There is a product that monitors your household voltage 24/7. Perhaps there are many, but I recently got one from State Farm, my homeowner insurance carrier. The aim is to identify problems early before an electrical fire develops. The product is called Ting. It plugs into an outlet connected to...
  40. GregBallantyne

    Second summer with solar and it feels great

    We have net metering here.... but after recently passing the first annual anniversary of operation, a few things are coming into focus. Our system produces about 80% of our annual useage. And this includes car charging! Since paying closer attention, that annual useage is steadily decreasing. Of...
  41. GregBallantyne

    Tesla App Integration with existing solar

    I'm thinking pretty heavily about doubling my PW fleet.... maxing out my Gateway connections. At the current Tesla pricing, adding 3 PWs is less $$ than adding a backup generator would be in my situation. Especially when a future of buying fuel is considered. Of course ROI on PWs is quite...
  42. GregBallantyne

    You can now do custom date range in Tesla App.

    Not sure about the meter, but.... we have net metering here in MD. I've been noticing a departure between what the grid operator tells me I'm banking to the grid for a billing period, and what theTesla app tells me I've banked for the same period. It appears to be an accumulation of rounding...
  43. GregBallantyne

    Tesla SmartThings integration coming

    Now I'll have to learn about SmartThings.... I had not done that before.
  44. GregBallantyne

    You can now do custom date range in Tesla App.

    Yes. Using the NetZero app, you can input a billing period that shows up every month, which has value if your billing period stops and start on the same numbered days each month. Mine does not.... so I can use the custom range in the Tesla app to slice the data by individual billing periods...
  45. GregBallantyne

    You can now do custom date range in Tesla App.

    Thanks for both heads up..... I'm going to like this, my billing period is mid month, and not the same day each month....
  46. GregBallantyne

    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    Thanks for this, some informative stuff. Since my system is whole house backup, I don't have a backup panel as described in the TMC thread, and with 3 PWs I am quite unlikely to see an overload shutdown. I have an as yet untried strategy in mind for an extended grid outage that might put us into...
  47. GregBallantyne

    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    So some level of Black Start capacity exists, up to the point insufficient charge remains in PWs to power on the system. Good....
  48. GregBallantyne

    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    I have read that Powerwalls won't fully discharge during an extended grid outage, which causes me to wonder it that is only for battery protection or if there is some degraded state in which PW stops powering things, but would provide sufficient power to start things if solar generation becomes...
  49. GregBallantyne

    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    I think you did. They aren't unheard of around here, but 7 in one day are more than I recall ever hearing about in a season. All within 50 miles of here. But we all are going to get more familiar with what climate change looks like I reckon, no matter if we want to or not.... the tornados aren't...
  50. GregBallantyne

    Did I just experience the lack of Black Start capability?

    Confirmed.... happened again, this time with PWs at 100% SOC. Same response, but without any noticeable interruption. On a sunny day with high atmospheric pressure, beautiful weather. Electrical grid power in some parts of Maryland has more reliability problems than many realize.... the top...