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  1. Boatguy

    Storm Watch Activated in SF East Bay

    My EVs sit 3' from the PWs and are on the same account, but they are on a separate meter. My concern is that Tesla is connecting dots that shouldn't be connected. I've set the threshold to 10% so they should charge anyway, but it smells like an example of Tesla arrogance since they didn't...
  2. Boatguy

    Storm Watch Activated in SF East Bay

    The app has a setting for Vehicle Charging during a power outage. How does the app know if my car is charging from a Powerwall?
  3. Boatguy

    Power glitch when exporting to the grid?

    OK. That's all interesting information. Can someone connect the dots and tell me why, when the solar is powering the house, a power company glitch shows up at the wall outlet? Or maybe we don't know because we don't know the nature of the glitch (frequency, voltage, etc.)?
  4. Boatguy

    Power glitch when exporting to the grid?

    @cwied: I'm not sure what "synchronize to the grid" means. I think the presence of the PWs was probably irrelevant since they were fully charged and their backup switch was not triggered. But the solar panels were feeding the house and the grid which I assume they do by having a slightly...
  5. Boatguy

    Power glitch when exporting to the grid?

    I have Tesla solar and two PWs. My PG&E service is notoriously "glitchy". PGE does some sort of switching which will cause a momentary drop or spike in my service. Over a period of five years this caused a series of failures in audio equipment power supplies. Finally I installed line...
  6. Boatguy

    Tesla Solar Quote Downgraded to Small System - Worth It Still?

    I had a similar problem with my house. Same size, three stories and some skylights. My home has used about 700kWh / month this year, excluding car charging (separate panel and meter). I live in Sausalito which gets a lot of fog and morning overcast. I ended up with a small Tesla system and...
  7. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    Solar + PW. I signed whatever Tesla sent me, then they sent an application to PG&E. I have not touched the system to turn it on or off nor do I intend to; it's Tesla's responsibility. I also couldn't reconcile how they don't see what I see on the app. That said, I've had two Model S cars and...
  8. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    This is a new install and when the installation crew departed they said "your system is on and working". So until a few hours ago I did not know about the PTO. Tesla did say the system isn't producing anything, which is apparently what they see, but it's not what I see. PTO or none, the...
  9. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    Maybe I have the problem reported by @MorrisonHiker . These were the numbers from yesterday: Home usage: 11.3 From Grid: 7.7 From PW: 4 Solar: 6.2 Net from solar / PW = 3.6 That suggests the efficiency of the solar + PW is just 58% or that the reporting is...
  10. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    OK. Thanks for all the info. The house measurement is zero at times, but not all the time. It's 4:20pm now and the app shows 0.3kW from solar going straight into the house. So I'm not sure the CTs are entirely incorrectly wired as they do measure current to the house. For example when the...
  11. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    CTs?
  12. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    Certainly. I guess I could go out and look at the meter when it says it's going to the grid and see what the meter says.
  13. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    When you say "near full" is that 80% or 95%?
  14. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    Software version 1.44.4. The PWs are in my garage which is maybe 60˚F. At this moment the PWs are 81% full, the app reports 1.8kW from the solar panels with 0.5kW going to the grid and 1.2kW going to the PWs. It shows nothing going to the house, which if frequently reports. During the day...
  15. Boatguy

    How do I stop feeding the grid?

    PG&E's net metering is awful so I'd like to keep my power to myself. I have a small solar array and two PWs. This raises two questions: 1) I've set my controller to "self-powered", but it keeps feeding power back to the grid when the PWs are not full. This morning the PWs are at 79% and...
  16. Boatguy

    Gateway does not keep PW charged

    I switched to the Balanced Cost Savings mode and juggled the TOU so it mostly charges the PW during the day, drains it down to my reserve at night and repeats the next day. The net effect is to preserve my backup capacity and be more self powered, never using the net metering which is financial...
  17. Boatguy

    Gateway does not keep PW charged

    That may well be the issue. If I leave the car plugged in for 3-4 days, but don't drive it, the vampire will pull it down at least 15-20 miles before it will charge again.
  18. Boatguy

    Gateway does not keep PW charged

    I am not in Cost Savings mode, not a TOU rate plan. So we have conflicting experiences here. @miimura does not see charging until 200-300W of output. @aesculus sees charging with only 100W. I'll try cost savings mode and see if that forces it to keep it charged.
  19. Boatguy

    Gateway does not keep PW charged

    I've set my system to have the small solar array keep the two PWs at 93% and use the remainder to buffer solar. I originally set it at 90%. The solar all went to the battery until it reached 90%, then started going to the house (too small a system to feed back to the grid in winter). The...
  20. Boatguy

    5 Powerwalls not working as expected in Maryland

    Earlier in this thread there was an assertion that during a grid failure the PWs would switch on for a minimum of 5min. FWIW, in my own testing with two new PWs, I switched off the main power for a couple of minutes, then back on and the app reported a "backup" of 2min. I see no indication...
  21. Boatguy

    Northern California PW installs BUMPED to 2020!!

    My system was installed on 12/31. Very professional job, power off for about 30minutes. Now waiting for building inspector and then PG&E approval before it's live. That said, they left the system running and seems to be working as expected. Then they texted and called me (leaving voicemail)...
  22. Boatguy

    Any need/advantage of having Ethernet?

    Unless your effective WiFi connection is significantly slower than your internet connection, there is no reason to use a wired (aka Ethernet) connection. Most modern access points / routers are much faster than the network connection. The gateway is communicating very very little data, a tiny...
  23. Boatguy

    Blog Tesla Software Update Includes New Autopilot Features

    It's only a bad thing because Tesla has been telling us they are learning for four years! A driver who starts at 16 makes a lot more improvement by the time they are 20 than Tesla has in the last four years.
  24. Boatguy

    Northern California PW installs BUMPED to 2020!!

    I've been a Tesla customer for four years. They always overcommit and under deliver. It starts with Elon and permeates the organization. It's just a fact of doing business with Tesla.
  25. Boatguy

    Blog Tesla Software Update Includes New Autopilot Features

    Elon thinks their AI is much smarter than it is in practice. Unimproved experience with v10: - car likes to "flinch" when there is a car in the adjacent lane a little too close to the line - auto wipers are worse, I had to intervene manually numerous times yesterday - slowing down when in...
  26. Boatguy

    Blog Tesla Software Update Includes New Autopilot Features

    Elon promised "silky smooth" autopilot with the "next release" 3yrs yrs ago, still waiting...
  27. Boatguy

    Blog Tesla Software Update Includes New Autopilot Features

    Tesla has a long way to go before their in-house autopilot is as smooth as the Mobileye autopilot that was in my 2016 S90D. My S100D autopilot is absurdly jerky and hesitant by comparison.
  28. Boatguy

    Premium Connectivity

    I guess I missed the memo. Last year I turned in my 2016 S90D and leased an S100D. Now I get a notice that I will no longer have traffic displayed on my navigation unless I want to pay $10/month? How many times do we have to buy cellular access? We can link the car to our phones and get all...
  29. Boatguy

    Gateway power switching?

    @bob_p please let us know the results of your tests.
  30. Boatguy

    Gateway power switching?

    I have most of my computer equipment on UPSs and they switch very quickly. We have frequent power "blips" where the lights flash and the UPSs will briefly trigger. The problem has been with audio equipment where the power supplies in some expensive equipment have been damaged. I have PWs...
  31. Boatguy

    Gateway power switching?

    So the PW switching is not fast enough to prevent home electronics from seeing the drop?
  32. Boatguy

    Surviving the PG&E test?

    In order to receive the tax credit, the PWs must be charged from an alternative energy source, not from the grid. This makes sense from an energy / tax policy standpoint and I wouldn't want my tax dollars subsidizing someone's rate arbitrage play. That said, the tax credit is between you and...
  33. Boatguy

    Advice for PG&E Service Connection/Rate plan

    I remodeled 4 yrs ago and went with two meters, each 200a. Same problem, no way to predict my usage with all LED lights and gas radiant heat. One is on EV-B for cars, one on E-1 for the house. I don’t know if it’s optimal, but the incremental cost in my remodel was not significant. Now I’m...
  34. Boatguy

    Tesla will not upgrade its own systems

    Do you have their representation that they will upgrade in the future in writing? Or was it just a verbal "commitment" from a sales rep? If you've got it in writing, then look in the contract for the language that says it supersedes all previous representations. Even if that is there, you may...
  35. Boatguy

    Whole house power filtering

    @jeep1979 I have a two story house and small yard which reduces the available PV space. If I can run off the PWs most of the time that will be great. That said, while opening up the panels I'd like to install the surge protectors. Can you please tell me what product you installed? Thanks!.
  36. Boatguy

    Surviving the PG&E test?

    How close was Tesla's pre-purchase estimate of your PV output compare with the estimate after you agreed to a purchase and then compared with your actual experience?
  37. Boatguy

    Marin County installer

    My experience with Tesla through two Model S's has been dodgy at best. They're not a reliable company (unlike the car itself) and the last transaction was an administrative nightmare that took four months to straighten out. But the PW looks like the best storage product out there. Has anyone...
  38. Boatguy

    Whole house power filtering

    @AuPanda - Yes, that's what I'm asking about. @jjrandorin - I've contacted PG&E. I also worked extensively with them when rebuilding the house four years ago. They are hopelessly incompetent. It's no surprise that they can't figure out how to provide reliable power, and then can't figure out...
  39. Boatguy

    Need help with timely temporary removal of panels

    Any update on this situation? Seems like a classic Tesla "don't worry" in the buying process that then totally collapses when it's time to execute.
  40. Boatguy

    Whole house power filtering

    Even when PG&E has the grid on, the quality of the power to my home has always been very dodgy with lots of spikes and dips. The problem is chronic enough to have destroyed the power supplies in a variety of AV units and appliances over the last four years. Tesla tells me that the system is...
  41. Boatguy

    Surviving the PG&E test?

    I've been considering the the Tesla PVs and PW, but my experience with Tesla cars has made me very cautious. Tesla as a company over promises and under delivers. Tesla service frequently blames any problem on "software" as though Tesla had no control over the software. In typical Tesla...
  42. Boatguy

    Dashcam - need to delete files?

    I have Sentry set to be inactive for Work, Home and Favorites. But it keeps recording Sentry events at my Favorites anyway. That in turn keeps filling up the storage.
  43. Boatguy

    Comprehensive USB Bug List

    Funny (if it weren't so bad) resume music today. Playing from USB, working OK (per 98 pages of comments!). Stop at the store, back in the car, music resumes. Stop at the next store, back in the car, no music. Short ride home so I ignore it. Home, in the garage, open the trunk, get out and...
  44. Boatguy

    PG&E customers. What do you spend/mo to charge your car?

    We have two EVs that we drive a total of about 20,000/yr. They charge during the off hours and cost about $750/year for the last four years. This year it is essentially free because we bought a new Tesla last Decdember and claimed the $800 PG&E rebate which we received last month.
  45. Boatguy

    Phantom braking will get a lot worse before it gets better

    I think the "excellent marketing guy" has been revealed to be just another con man. Speaking for myself, four years of unfulfilled promises have destroyed his credibility. BS #1 is the "constant improvement" myth. My new S100D is actually a worse car than my 2016 S90D; the only real...
  46. Boatguy

    2018 S100D AP "Smooth as Silk"? NOT!

    Well that's disappointing, but "phantom braking" is a good description of what it's doing. Two years after the release of their own AP s/w, and with five cameras, Tesla still can't match the performance of Mobileye with one camera? I guess the constant turmoil and turnover at Tesla just...
  47. Boatguy

    2018 S100D AP "Smooth as Silk"? NOT!

    For almost three years I drove an S90D. It had the original AP with the MobilEye hardware and software. We did a number of long trips in the car (> 1,000 miles) and the AP was very good. Not perfect, but very good and very smooth on the freeway. A year later in the spring of 2017 Elon touted...
  48. Boatguy

    Random deep sleep

    I think that setting disappeared with v9. The only setting I've found is Range Mode under driving and that is disabled. I got the usual Tesla run around. Service Center said to contact support, support said to make an appointment with the service center!
  49. Boatguy

    Random deep sleep

    I recently traded my S90D for a 2018 S100D. Whether it's the new car, or recent s/w, it now goes into deep sleep at random times. Deep sleep being where you get into the car and you get a warning on the dash that the systems are starting up and wait until the message disappears. Range Mode if...

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