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    Discussion: Powershare [V2X feature currently announced for Cybertruck]

    Didn't see any issues with the Ford system when watching the State of Charge videos. Are issues due to it being "new" or installers not knowing what to do since it is new?
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    Do you have enough solar to go off grid in winter?

    This is why I'm all for the generator solution which already exists. I only have 20kWh batteries, but I consume around 20kWh a day (not counting any solar generation), so with no sun, it's a 1 day and done deal. For most suburban homes with limited roof space, it's not possible to even scale...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    A paywalled article about the financing side of solar. I got by the paywall by inspecting the page and was able to read it. Found here originally: Why The Residential Solar Industry Is In Danger Of Imploding "Berger has cut his California sales force and is pushing Tesla Powerwall...
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    What a mess reading this. This sounds like signing up for VPP without them giving you anything now for any exports since assuming power is 1/3 gen, 2/3 delivery, your own gen and exports can now only cancel out the 1/3 gen part. Since homeowners don't technically delivery anything, that will...
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    Discussion: Powershare [V2X feature currently announced for Cybertruck]

    Watching V2H/V2G developments with Enphase, I'd really suggest people hold off on buying anything/expecting anything until this is actually released and working. Who knows how long this will take and whether it will work with current model S3XY. No need to spend/order/do anything until Tesla...
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    They don't care, but this income thing is here probably because a higher flat fee for everyone isn't probably going to pass or keep them elected/in office. This is why they have to use class warfare/income based solutions to misdirect to someone else as taking advantage. A more fair system is...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    When I see these biased articles, I do wonder how accurate/true it is, but we'll probably see/know more in the upcoming years if the jobs do all go mostly away. I just figure from common sense though, wealthy or people of means already did solar years ago. It was hard/costly to get storage on...
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    I think the income based fee charges is just pushing the same narrative to continue the class warfare debate/idea that the IOUs like. If the rich vs. poor is fighting amongst themselves or we sell it as rich people robbing the poor or taking advantage of the poor, then they can avoid the people...
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    California Utilities Plan All Out War On Solar, Please Read And Help

    It's really not about energy conservation, efficiency, environment, climate change or anything. Anytime you have a for profit based IOU controlling a required/life dependent product, it's never going to work out well. It's all about profits for a shareholder owned company. Unlike most things...
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    Do you have enough solar to go off grid in winter?

    Since you're totally off grid currently, what do you do? I don't think I mind the industrial diesel generator neither nor cost if it's at least something that's known/almost guaranteed to reliably work, sorta like the current energy grid as no one with minimal means is expected to be able to do...
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    Do you have enough solar to go off grid in winter?

    Are there any bad/fossil fuel power options that isn't the old school generator? What else is out there? For generators, since they are the known working solution, how much does it cost to even run them regularly for all your needs if one was off grid and how much fuel does it actually take...
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    3 SolarEdge 18XB7 Failures

    This is why I almost always suggest microinverters if given the option. The cost has been negligible relative to the total install price, from my own price shopping. The usual debates about shading is just not the real issue. If there are problems/issues, etc, the biggest issue is still...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2023-11-16/column-california-strikes-another-blow-against-rooftop-solar-boiling-point From:
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    All this is true, main issues again are in suburban areas, you probably can't even legally go off-grid due to habitation laws, noise requirements (can't run the generator unless there is a wide impact outage), etc. Going off grid in my mind is also FAR easier if one were a single, sorta ok...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Article: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2023/11/09/california-rooftop-solar-policy-struggles-serve-as-warning-to-nation/ " we are looking at an 80% drop in sales under the new NBT tariff. The months ahead are looking dimmer, not bright..." From here for folks who don't monitor reddit: It's...
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    California / PG&E Permanent Battery Storage Rebate - $5,000 incentive

    It didn't say it in the Power Saver Rewards Program, but can PG&E use your battery to support their grid during certain times (like Hawaii)? It says you have to sign up for Power Saver Rewards. The link worked for me and this blurb has the same $2/kWh benefit of VPP export, but that could be...
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    Hawaiian Electric forcing export of our solar?

    I'm not from Hawaii, but did you get your batteries through any Hawaiian Electric incentive (discount) program?
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Saw this recent thread on reddit and this website (one sided against the utilities of course) spells out the upcoming utility tax or that fixed fee based on income. Since utility profits are directly tied to spending and infrastructure projects, I'd guess that's a not going to happen and with...
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    Tesla says I can't put solar panels on my rear porch roof

    I just want to say Good Luck! So glad I don't have to be a project manager to manage my own solar install anymore! Even non Tesla can be a lot of work and don't get me started on SGIP.
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    Zendure Superbase-V is a DIY PowerWall starting at $2499 and as little as 41¢/Wh

    I always wonder when I see these portable battery options, do they qualify for the 30% IRA tax credit? I have yet to see a kickstarter comment that they are positive it does. It always points back to do your own research, etc etc etc which to me means, it does if you claim it until you are...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    There are a lot of comments on this thread about going off grid and it being illegal in FL by folks who tried and some from places in LA saying it's impossible if you're already connected. I still haven't found real info/data of people doing it (the thread has someone saying they know someone...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    You also didn't mention that these are for profit companies which lobby hard in state governments to push though whatever is proposed with rate hikes or policy/legislation. Similar to this new monthly income fee requirement soon to roll out in mid 2024, after that passes, on face value, it...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Does anyone even know anyone who had service in the 3 CA IOUs (PG&E, SCE, SDG&E) and actually cut service from the grid? From everything I've read here and on the solar reddit, it's actually legally impossible to disconnect from the grid if you wanted to and still be considered a safe habitable...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    I looked briefly at your modeling post and your price is insanely low during the 2020 covid/crash days of the economy. Your solar was only $2.18/W which is probably closer to the bottom of what most people paid here (more or less, I think some were sub $2 as well). I'm definitely more on the...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Adding a battery was hard math even on NEM2.0 and I never thought or expected (or advised anyone) any ROI on NEM2.0 and folks are saying add a battery on NEM3.0 now? That's just silly goose territory (for ROI at least). As for people saying add solar anyways, I'd say do it for self sufficiency...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Does anyone know the result of new home construction and NEM3.0? Not that CA has much new home construction, but I believe there was a blurb that it had to be financially worthwhile before solar can be installed or you can opt-out. Since my opinion has been it's just not worthwhile anymore...
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    Certified installer inflated costs

    I'm a biased Enphase fan. They have V2H/V2G planned for release in 2024 and they already have a working, supported, deployed w/ customers integrated generator/solar solution already. Their batteries are LFP already if one were to care about that aspect (which can't happen with PW v3 +...
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    Certified installer inflated costs

    Just me, but I would be happy to not get Tesla solar roof due to low install base so if issues pop up, only really Tesla can service it so you're on the hook with 1 installer/company with no one else to help and no one wanting to touch it. I personally think a lot of the other manufacturers are...
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    Design/ quote questions

    I generally say get a ton of quotes to start from energysage as well as all the local ads/signs/radio/TV/friends you see where you live. I don't get paid by them or have any affiliation, but that was my process and enough people have used them that they aren't an outright scam. You're just...
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    Certified installer inflated costs

    I sorta disagree with the gouging going on. If OP checked and got 15 quotes (this is about how many I got) for his area and that one he posted is the best, then that's probably what it simply costs in his/her area. You hear people post from Australia that we pay insane amounts for solar at...
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    The conversion was never a big deal to me honestly. I'm happy with choosing micro-inverters and looking at all the posts here on single inverter failures, the PW3 being DC would've been a non-starter for me already. At least it's LFP, but maybe there will be a PW4 that upgrades the PW2/+ to...
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    What's the implications of this being a DC coupled battery vs. the PW2/+/AC? No microinverters at all I assume or you have to do conversions back (pointless I guess)?
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    I think Tesla will do this if forced to by the competition. Like EV prices, if folks will pay $68k for a MY, they never would've cut prices, but look at how it is now? V2X makes a lot of sense as most car batteries are huge and mostly sitting and doing nothing. PWs can now be purchased...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    Sorta hard to know what's best considering most everyone lives in a different area with different power rates. We're at $0.89/kWh in San Diego and as a counter argument, if I had to do it all over again, I'd definitely get the batteries even though I've also never had a power outage since. Of...
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    CPUC NEM 3.0 discussion

    The problem is a lot of calcs don't put a cost/value of $$. If someone put up $100k install and just puts in a massive array and max batteries or something, their "COST" some random solar seller could put is that you would have paid $$$$$$ for power, but now, with solar, you are paying $. They...
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    I think you meant SGIP? That's purely a CA thing so won't apply probably in your own state.
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    My use case for the generator is assuming lots of smoke, clouds and no power for long stretches, you can charge batteries during the day when noise is less/not a concern for anyone vs. having them run over night. Remember, we're in a situation of zero solar for multiple days/weeks so for most...
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    What is preventing this solar + PW system from garage installation? (NorCal, PG&E)

    If you go in without expecting an ROI, it's fine. It's sorta like insurance, you don't miss it when you don't need it, but if you suddenly had a big disaster (fire, earthquake, issues with N. Korea, etc...who knows), I'm sure people would be glad that IF some perfect storm hits when you have...
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    Discussion: Powerwall 3 [Speculation / Discussion etc]

    I think I mentioned this in the other thread, but I wouldn't say "more difficult", I'd go with "generally impossible and not supported". I wouldn't expect any integration with a generator with a PW at this time unless they actually come out and advertise it and sell it as such. It'd be...
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    Cost & Value: Sol-Ark vs. Powerwall

    Sunpower sold their micro inverter business to Enphase back in 2018 so Sunpower panels use some version of rebranded Enphase micro-inverters now: https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/06/13/sunpower-and-enphase-team-up-with-microinverter-acquisition/ The batteries aren't the same, this, I'm fairly...
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    Cost & Value: Sol-Ark vs. Powerwall

    I don't think I've seen many/any real use cases of anyone cleanly integrating a Powerwall with a generator here so it's a non-starter IMO actually. As an Enphase owner, I still feel they are the best in class solution so far that does pretty much everything I can think of at least. Pricing...
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    Inflation Reduction Act Tax Incentives for Energy (not related to PV+ESS and EVs)

    I found this website a while back from who knows where, I forget, but it lists the stuff that one may qualify for: https://www.rewiringamerica.org/app/ira-calculator Might be a good list to start prepping for things one wants to replace. Edit: For people who can adjust their income due to...
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    SDG&E or SDCP?

    Bump... Anyone on SDCP have any updated thoughts vs. SDGE after switching? There is also this thread (Maybe they can be merged?): https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/san-diego-cca-and-solar-install-on-friday-do-i-stay-with-cca-do-i-have-a-choice-other-noob-questions.296042/ My main...
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    Tesla Virtual Power Plant in CA

    I think in the east coast, some folks were originally getting like $500-$750 a season or something for participating in some version of this (they can chime in please). As more and more people join VPP, I think like supply/demand, your power will be worth less and less to the IOUs so if they...
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    Tesla Virtual Power Plant in CA

    As a casual observer to this, it sounds like people were mostly getting the full $2/kWh and none was deducted based on regular PW discharge behavior. It could be that they were generous or it's "new" for now or they don't care and they want to get more folks signing up, etc... Guess we'll know...
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    Solar System Size vs Number of Powerwalls

    Then the decision is easy. Get 4. ;)
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    Solar System Size vs Number of Powerwalls

    Now, I feel this question is less of a more of which one (solar/PW) should I get more of and is more of a how much $$ do you have and how much of an impact on you would it be if you got 2 vs. 3 PWs? There's the 30% tax credit and some states have more credits and adding 1 more PW on a large...
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    Powerwall In Garage [what are the rules around this?]

    Yeah, it's unfortunate. You're probably only the 2nd person I've seen here state Tesla messed up their NEM2.0 deadline so most were probably ok (I'm not tracking it though). I avoided Tesla in 2021 because there were a lot more delays/issues then and it was rumored NEM2.0 will be gone in 2021...
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    Powerwall In Garage [what are the rules around this?]

    I've stated this before in other threads, but I think until we know what the monthly fee for all power users based on income is, people should probably wait and see how that plays out and I don't know why anyone is in any rush right now to install solar if they are on NEM3.0. ROI was already...
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    Aren’t these powerwalls Cool

    They have 2 separate systems it looks like.