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    Does Installing Powerwalls Affect PG&E Grandfathered NEM/TOU Plan?

    I added two power walls to existing 7.5KW solar panel system. I am on E6 and adding the power walls did trigger a change from E6. As others have mentioned it did change my TrueUp date. Powerwalls have made a huge difference in my summer PGE bills. Last year they averaged $80-$100/mo. This...
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    What are you experiencing during 100F weather with your system?

    My system in El Dorado Hills has been running great 7.5 kw peaks at about 6.2 kw. 2 powerwalls installed last Nov. I am grandfathered on PGE E6 until end of 2022 so focus has been on selling back to grid during peak time. Worked great until power failure last night around 9 pm and my batteries...
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    PGE rate plan choices

    does it show that you are on PGE? If so, tap the PGE and it should bring up 4 rate plans.
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    PGE rate plan choices

    On the Home Energy Gateway which is the Tesla App for monitoring the batteries, home use, grid and Solar, there is an area called Performance. It monitors daily, weekly, monthly and yearly usage and generation. There is also an area for power flow. For instance, my solar is currently generating...
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    PGE rate plan choices

    Things changed as we got into May and June. I currently sell all solar back to the grid during peak. Batteries recharge in the morning and solar supplies house while charging. Currently not using much AC. Performance app says I have been able to supply house with solar and batteries. I’ll find...
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    PGE rate plan choices

    I have a 7.5 kw solar system that was installed 10 years ago. I added 2 Tesla batteries late last year. I am on a grandfathered PGE E6 rate however the choices on the Performance section only show Etou a, b, c and EV rates. E6 is very attractive as I sell to the grid at the same rates they sell...
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    New Inverter AC unit

    When Tesla installed my 2 Powerwalls, they could not backup my AC unit because the LRA was too high at 147. This was a new AC unit and my Son who owns an HVAC company had done the install. He called a few weeks ago and said no problem dad, I'll swap that unit out for a 4 ton Inverter system...
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    Potential Red Flag warning in NorCal this weekend.

    My Powerwalls are in Storm Watch and fully charged from the grid. Previously they were dropping to 20% every night as I don't have enough panels to keep things really charged during these winter months. System charged to 99% from the grid, I didn't have to do anything. Gotta say I love the...
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    Failed solar/powerwall inspection

    I am in El Dorado Hills, Had my inspection about a month ago for 2 Powerwalls. Solar was pre existing. Powerwalls and backup panel, non backup panel and Powerwall controller are all in the garage. The big Switch is outside on the common wall to the interior equipment. Inspector was thorough...
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    Picking a fight with HOA (CA)

    Drive the neighborhood and find others that may have that same issue and use that to get them to approve. With my HOA, changes and things that are visible outside typically require approval of immediate neighbors. My neighbor came to me to sign off when he was replacing a cracked driveway with...
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    Understanding the powerwall settings

    All of the settings will not be available when you first fire up. The system does some learning and then opens the advanced settings for you. Mine took 4-5 days as I remember.
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    Breaker Ties

    Good Catch! Yep, Square D breakers are like Hen's teeth, almost impossible to find and Tesla has the majority of them and that is all they use.
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    Breaker Ties

    OK, makes sense although every circuit they pulled through to the backup panel had its own Hot, Neutral and Ground. Seems awkward to me but I can live with it. Just surprised. The words "Common Trip" and the plastic pieces tends to indicate it is needed. Doing a little additional reading...
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    Breaker Ties

    Here is a picture. The plastic breaker ties are labeled Common Trip, which means if one of the breakers trips, the other one that is tied to it will also trip. Makes sense on a 240 circuit but not sure why they would do this on individual 120 circuits and shut off a neighboring circuit. When...
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    Breaker Ties

    A little strange on my Tesla Panel. They installed the snap on Plastic Breaker ties on almost all of my breakers. So even a single 120Volt outlet circuit has a plastic tie on the handle that connects it to the next breaker position. This means that to turn off one breaker, I have to switch...
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    November is looking like it’s going to be a very good month

    No, they didn't and my bad on the long outage of 1 hr 45 min. Turns out that was when Tesla shut the system down to install a non backup panel. Later that night the short outage occurred.
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    How many days after inspection does it take to get invoiced?

    Final inspection on Friday Nov 6. The following Monday Nov 9, I had an Invoice. Paid Nov 12 with Credit Card.
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    Tesla Refused Powerwall Install - Now What?

    Clearly moving the panel 20 ft is a lot of additional work. In our case, the 400 Amp panel was on the outside of the garage and they were able to locate the new panel in the garage directly opposite the outside panel. They then pulled all of those circuits through to the new panel and there was...
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    Using a Credit Card or Paypal to pay for TESLA Solar

    I received my Invoice for my 2 Powerwalls at the first of this week. I called yesterday and was able to pay by Credit Card. My original order was placed on July 2, 2020, Installation was Oct 30. They did come back out the Wed Nov 4 to add a separate Non Backed Up panel instead of leaving...
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    November is looking like it’s going to be a very good month

    November is good for me. Powerwalls installed Friday Oct 30. Tesla came out on Thursday Nov 5 to move a couple non backed up circuit to a new no backup panel, building Dept was here Friday and signed off. Got a note from PGE of possible outages at my address. Looked at the backup log toda and...
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    Can water beads sunburn panels?

    Not a likely problem, panels will be dry from heat and wind and change will occur gradually.
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    It's raining...

    clear here in El Dorado Hills. Solar at 3.7 kw, house taking 1.1 and PW charging at 2.5. Tesla had my system shutdown on Thursday for some changes and as a result my PWs went down to 20%. Currently up to 22% but I need a strong day to get them back to 100% and we also have rain in the forecast.
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    Final inspection

    Just got my inspection 5 minutes ago. In and out in 10 minutes. Did not go look at smoke and CO detectors as I had signed paperwork saying all of that was in order. Since I already had solar, my system was turned on after installation and no need to wait for PTO. Now I just need an invoice.
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    November is looking like it’s going to be a very good month

    ok, so rain forecast for the next 2 days. pretty cloudy today, Tesla did a minor tweak on my system yesterday and power was off for 3 hours. As a result, this morning PWs were down to 20%, my min, and not doing well with charging. Guess I'll have some grid time during the next couple days.
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    Home Energy Gateway. Standby

    I didn't need to wait for PTO installer said that since I already had Solar panels and was only adding 2 Powerwalls, they turned the system on when they finished the install. They came out today and shut system down and moved two non backed up circuits to a new non backed up panel that the...
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    Home Energy Gateway. Standby

    System installed last Friday. 2 Powerwalls fully charged by Saturday. They recharge to 100% everyday and run the house all night. This morning they were at 61% before solar kicked in. When solar started, power flow shared between home and Powerwall. Normally it would take 4-6 hrs to get back...
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    Just cancelled my battery install

    My son has a residential A/C company and he stopped by during my installation last week and his first question was,"Hey, where are you guys getting those Square D 40 amp breakers". The reply was they are constantly out of stock and delaying installs. Part of Tesla's strategy is to go with a...
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    How long to be able to schedule after permits received?

    For me, Permits issued on Friday Oct 16, received notice to schedule install on following Tuesday Oct 27. First available install was next morning Oct 28 which was too quick so install was on Friday Oct 30. Everything moved quickly after receiving permits and since I already had solar, I did...
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    November is looking like it’s going to be a very good month

    2 Powerwalls installed Oct 30 on my existing 7KW system that normally peaks around 5-5.5 kw. Batteries charged to 100% next day and I have had no grid use since then. Batteries go down to 45-55% each night and then fully charge by 2-3 pm and at that point I am shipping to the grid until 5:30...
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    Just cancelled my battery install

    Tesla is already lower in price than the Independents that are selling Powerwalls. And it seems they are prioritizing their orders over those of the Independents. The Battery installers are a separate group from the Panel installers. However, when a full panel and battery install is...
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    Time from install to PTO (PG&E)

    Since I already had solar panels and was only having Powerwalls installed, I did not need to wait for PTO. Tesla turned the system on and said the only remaining item is for the Building Dept to do a final inspection. Interesting that I still have not received the Interconnect document I am...
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    Just cancelled my battery install

    Where in California are you located.
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    Just cancelled my battery install

    I wouldn't cancel. Push for the permit to be done. I ordered July 2 and basically by August they were telling me 2021 with no guarantee for this year. Then 2 weeks ago I got a note from Tesla saying they were working on my Permit. Following week I received a letter from the El Dorado...
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    Thanks, that was it, default was 100% on Batteries. Any suggestions for that number during non critical times. I currently set it to 50% and now they are giving back. Sweet!
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    Powerwalls were installed yesterday. Since I had solar already, they went active at 5 pm last night with no delay for PTO. Not much solar to charge so today the 2 Powerwalls charged to 100% by 3 pm. At 6 pm, the solar was shutting down and I expected the Powerwalls to kick in but all power...
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    2xPowerwall whole house backup - HVAC sure start problem

    We have 2 AC units. A 5 Ton with Scroll compressor an older 3 ton with a reciprocating compressor. Tesla is installing soft starts on both units. There are numerous Youtube videos on how to install.
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    How many days after inspection does it take to get invoiced?

    My install is tomorrow and they still have not sent the Interconnect docs for me to sign. Talked to the installer today and he said my system will be up and running with my solar charging the Powerwalls tomorrow. Inspection is just a formality. We'll see.
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    2xPowerwall whole house backup - HVAC sure start problem

    My install is tomorrow for 2 Powerwalls. The lead Tesla installer called me today and went over everything. I had figured they would not back up my AC since the 5 ton with the Scroll Compressor still has an LRA of 140. He said that is not a problem, we will be putting soft starts on both of...
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    2xPowerwall whole house backup - HVAC sure start problem

    Hard Start spikes the inrush current to the compressor. Soft start reduces inrush current typically 60% and is much better for HVAC units. Tesla is installing Soft Starts tomorrow during my Powerwalls installation on my 5 ton Scroll compressor and my 3 Ton which I assume is reciprocating.
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    I got a call from Steven at Tesla this morning regarding tomorrows install of 2 Powerwalls. Turns out they are backing everything up. Including my 5 ton and 3 ton air conditioners. The 5 Ton has a 2 stage scroll compressor and the 3 ton is old school. He said they would put soft starts on...
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    Powerwall shipping delays?

    I definitely went through Tesla as the price difference was more than the rebates. It was all silence from Tesla between June 6 and early October. My queries to them always indicated maybe by end of year but likely 2021. Then last week I received a note that they were working on the permit...
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    Powerwall availability

    My 2 are being installed this Friday Oct 30. I ordered on July 2. Was told in Mid July that install might not be until 2021. Permit came last week and all of a sudden everything started moving. When I called to schedule the install yesterday they said they could do it at 8 am today. Whoa...
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    Outdoor pad size for (2) powerwalls

    Surprised you could install them outside in Phoenix, they have an upper temperature limit. Here in the Sacramento area, they said it is too hot to install outside so batteries are being installed in the garage and switching Is outside.
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    Powerwall shipping delays?

    I ordered 2 power walls on July 2. Just received the permit last week. Sent a note to my project advisor asking for update. She transferred my to a new advisor and today my status changed showing permit complete and that I needed to call for installation of my Powerwalls. I called and the...
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    Wow! my status just changed. New check marks on Review and accept your Design and on permits. It now says Installation Ready and call the scheduling department. I called and they are ready to install tomorrow. That was too quick so it is now scheduled for Friday morning. Had to call my son...
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    I have a neighbor that had an installation months ago and he keeps asking them when he will get the bill. In my case, I want it right away as I need that Tax Credit this year if possible.
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    We are in the Montecito area of the Promontory. We moved here in 2014 from Sunnyvale and never looked back.
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    I am in the PSPS area although probably won't see a shutoff this time. Winds are high but most of the outages are happening in the Bay Area and in Napa. We are in El Dorado Hills just east of Sacramento. I did hear back from my Project Advisor. She said she was handing me off to another...
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    Finally a little progress on my Powerwall Install

    I ordered 2 Powerwalls for my Solar System from Tesla back on July 2, 2020. They keep telling me that installation may not be until next year. Today I did receive notice that the Tesla Contractor has been issued the Permit for the job. I sent a note off to my Project Advisor mentioning the...
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    Unacceptable Powerwall fiasco

    I have given up trying to expedite. Order placed for 2 power walls on July 2, docs all submitted same day. Tesla says I have submitted everything in a response on July 6. At that time they said 5-8 weeks for plans. Now they are saying no guaratee for this year, Suggesting I check independent...

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