Works in theory! Practice? That's something else
Pouring outside, yet the panels are still cranking out 26W each!
When your system is commissioned - the IQ8 microinverters will be informed by the IQ Envoy that an Enpower smart switch is available. The Enpower smart switch's presence enables the IQ8 microinverters to form a grid and produce power when your utility power is down. If the Enpower smart switch goes missing, is removed or was not installed/commissioned - the IQ8 microinverters would be or would revert to being grid tied i.e. they would only function when the utility grid is detected.
|Did a battery test this morning on the Ensemble system, everything went perfectly.|
Then I ran the SoC up to 100% and will probably leave it there for a few days.
Saw the balancing messages in the log (i.e., EnchargeSoCCalibrated), so that confirms
my belief that the system only ever top-balances (that is you might want to run it up
to 100% and let it balance every few months). Once I stop getting balance messages
I'll set the SoC to 80% in prep for this summer's storms.
NOAA is calling for 2021 to be above-normal... but only 3 to 5 major hurricanes
sounds pretty good after the last few years.
Yep!The line above that says "security 500-00016-r01" is that the same as yours?
You've also have the ability to (and did) DIY your own battery. Despite Enphase knocking the price down on their Encharges (last saw it for $7500) that's $750/kWh, that's still 6x the last is this battery any good price I saw on the forums (~$120/kWh).... I had thought about swapping out some of my array, but now it seems like there is no point. My Schneider XW-Pro can grid form for up to about 6,000 watts of Enphase inverters. It has it's own anti islanding transfer switch, and can handle more surge current.
I figure by the time I figure out how to augment my system for something affordable they'll probably bring the price down to something affordable. Or, the competition will....When my battery bank does give up, maybe Enphase will have all the kinks worked out and maybe the cost of the EnCharge batteries will come down a bit. Not holding my breath there. I may have a deal on another set of 3 Chevy Bolt modules. If I double my battery bank, it should hold me over for many years. With the grid up, I will still only be cycling 10-12 KWH a day, so they will be coasting along.
Summer Solstice is still on the way... ... so get that soot washed off!... My inverters actually started coming online at just 5:50 am today.
Just climbed off the roof. I only hosed off the upper roof. It is real creepy to actually climb up there, but I car wash brush on the lower roof panels. They were all producing within a few watts of each other. Guess we will see if brushing off the pollen and bird crap makes a real difference. The ash and soot from the fires all seemed to rinse off quite easily.Summer Solstice is still on the way... ... so get that soot washed off!
I know it should not happen, but in theory, they could all try to push an amp to the grid. Plus my existing 16 inverters. That would be 30 amps. Oops. I would need a 40 amp breaker, and I only have a 100 amp panel.
Apparently, that version is only for specific serial numbers... they replied:
It's probably necessary to be timely, but it's frightening that they have track releases to S/Ns. It doesn't speak well of them as the chances for confusion/mistakes go way up. Hopefully, it's a temporary thing and it'll get merged into a single release soon.... the microinverters that needs firmware upgrade should fall in the serial numbers between 121923000000 -122023999999 or 201923000000 -202023999999.
Don't know, but it would probably void the warranty and they were too expensive for me to go there. Right now I've two future possibilities: an IQ8 add-on pack or the generator port. I also expect that as microgrids become more common, we'll see more 3rd party microgrid-tied inverters. Although maybe not, they'd be great for off-gridders to expand their existing system and there are plenty of them about.If you just paralleled more cells, what would it do?