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In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
I’m sorry to hear of your experience. I would suggest you call the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association and see if they can intervene on your behalf. Their phone number is 623-204-0366. Good luck!
09/06/20 @ 08:09

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from:
diazdustin
I’ve had solar for like 3 years since I’ve had solar I have never seen a credit the lowest I have ever seen my electric was under $50 in January of this year. Since I’ve had solar I’ve called the company to complain about my phone electric bill having solar has not saved me AZ nything especially during the summer ever summer for 3 4 months straight my bill goes up so between solar and electric I pay the sam as if I didnt have solar $700+ I’ve contacted my solar company and they said their is nothing they can do they have even hung up on me because I told them the salesman lied to me about my system they just said look at the contract but between what the salesman told me my wife my mom my dad my brother is not what was in the contract SAS nd when he brought us the contract I realized we didn’t read it because he actually didnt let us he went through it quick and when we started to ask question about what he was saying he changed the subject.i am not the only one with the same issue like high electric Bill’s many people have c as me forward to complain. Sunrun is a bunch of liars and thieves I even talked to another solar company recently and they even said my solar is not right they said it is to small I honestly dont know what to do
09/06/20 @ 07:01

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

GoGreen8 -

I am very sorry to hear of your issues - sadly, as the comments above attest, it is not at all uncommon.

I will contact you directly.

Jim

08/25/20 @ 23:46

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from:
gogreen8
Jim I also wanted to add that its just myself, my husband and 7month old. We have a stove, hot water heater, and dryer thats gas. I do not see why our bill is this high
08/25/20 @ 18:47

In response to: I've got solar; why is my bill so high?

Comment from:
gogreen8
Hi Jim, Thanks for the vital but late for me information. I have a situation similar to stellareese’s with sunrun. They promised me a 97% offset on my bill and that my powerbill will not go pass 200 bucks. Well my first bill was way over 300 bucks and now my second bill is way over 200 bucks. I feel hopeless due to this 20 year contract. How can we get out of this contract. We are paying 190 for panels plus the ridiculous powerbill this is putting us at a possible 5 to 600 dollar bill monthly combined. We have never paid over 200 dollars before. The promises they gave us on saving money every month was a total lie. Please help me on what to do.
08/25/20 @ 18:41

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

Hi Laz –

The generator integration is not supported in the initial software rollout. Moreover, without the storage component you do not have anything to form the microgrid that can control the IQ microinverters on the roof. Best regards…

Jim

03/17/20 @ 23:13

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
laz1212
Thanks for the Info, It was very helpful, waiting for this for a long time…Wondering if the Enpower could be installed without the Encharge in case client wants to utilize a generator instead of battery back up?
03/17/20 @ 19:39

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Thanks for the kind words, TJ.
01/29/20 @ 23:27

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
solarkings
5 stars
Great article Jim….love the technical details which exemplify the quality and value of Enphase products. IQ8 is a game changer for sure; the competition’s inverters just do not have the intelligence or response time that an IQ8 has. Awareness of just how important that response time is when the grid fails and the “energy system” takes over is not well-known. Many will purchase inferior systems and then be upset when their internet router resets, PC crashes, and other sensitive devices fail when grid power goes down — brown-out or black-out. Spread the word!! Enphase evangelists are like the Apple evangelists of old, and I know you’re one of the best! Best, TJ Roberts
01/29/20 @ 21:44

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

We did talk about sizing, and I wrote about that in my earlier post - find it here:

Let’s Talk Ensemble!

01/27/20 @ 01:15

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Thanks, JD, we are super excited!
01/27/20 @ 01:14

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

Lindsay - pricing was not discussed during the training except to reference the online system estimator tool that Enphase has online. It gives a rough cost estimate, but that is all that it is since every install here will be different!

As for the ratio of IQ 6/7 to IQ8 in the Encharge system, I published a table in my previous blog post: Let’s Talk Ensemble!

Essentially the limit is the peak output current of the IQ8’s (which is 150% of continuous) must meet or exceed the output current (continuous) of the PV array.

01/27/20 @ 01:13

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
boolshark
Hey Jim, nice post! Did they talk about compatibility and sizing of AC Coupled systems? How many IQ6 and/or IQ7 inverters can couple to the Encharge units?
01/26/20 @ 23:16

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
jdillon
5 stars
Jim Jenal - I have met very few people who live, eat, and breath solar the way you do. The Run on Sun team is full of solar champions and we were so excited to host you the other day. We cannot agree more – “Bring on the Beta!” Thanks, JD Dillon (Enphase VP of Marketing)
01/25/20 @ 05:27

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
lgparker
Hi Jim great start to roll out of Ensemble…. did pricing get discussed at your training in Fremont? and recommended ratio of IQ8s to existing IQ7/6s systems to provide a robust system?. Ive heard both 1:1 to 1:1.58 Thanks again
01/25/20 @ 00:50

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO

Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you found this informative.

We are expecting to do our first install around the beginning of March and we have two clients signed up so far… with more in the wings!

01/25/20 @ 00:22

In response to: Hands-On with Ensemble - My Trip to Enphase!

Comment from:
__tod__
Thank you for this article. It was informative and well written. You stated this was a beta Ensemble. Did they tell you when the production product would be available? Also, have any of your customers placed an order yet?
01/24/20 @ 21:21

In response to: Let's Talk Ensemble!

Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Bill - would need to know the specifics as to each device. The question is whether the peak output from the combination of the array (limited to 5.025 kW max - but normally some significant deviation down from that during the day), plus the peak output from the inverters in the storage system, is sufficient to handle the in-rush peak power requirement of the devices. Jim
12/31/19 @ 04:56

In response to: Let's Talk Ensemble!

Comment from:
billgilbrook
If you just want to keep furnace going in winter and A/C in summer using 15 LG 335s with new 100% IQ8 roof array installation can one or two 3.3kWh suffice?
12/14/19 @ 04:09

In response to: Jim Jenal for CALSSA Board!

Comment from:
victoria
5 stars
Proud to call this man my mentor! I can’t vote for him, but I can endorse him. Go long-tails!
10/31/19 @ 07:11

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