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by Ampster
Wed May 13, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

I did finally file a support case and as I suspected it was something simple that I had overlooked, When I tried to setup the battery on the web interface I did not scroll down to the custom setting so I just left it at none. That was all it took for the TOU setting to work. When I set they battery ...
by Ampster
Fri May 08, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

Yes, per the attached. I will try other AC modes.
by Ampster
Fri May 08, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

Nothing new to report. From rereading this thread I see you are using AC Coupling also. I wonder if that is having any impact?
I filed a Technical Support Case and don't want to change my settings until the weekend in case they want to look at my Opticsre.
by Ampster
Wed May 06, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

Still no change after changing to Self Consumption. I did notice that the Enable TOU button is light green and you can't change it but it says they are enabled.
I will change to non export and see if that does anything. I probably need to wait for a day cycle to complete.
by Ampster
Tue May 05, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

I tried that and gave it another day after rebooting my inverter and got nothing. Maybe I will try another AC profile to see if it works on one of those. I will take pictures of my screens and post here. I want to have the documentation for Outback if I have to call them.
by Ampster
Sun May 03, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

I set it for 10:00 AM from the panel on the Skybox last night and at 11AM today it still does not go to batteries. The start date defaulted to 1/1/16 and I used daily even though this is a weekend. I will try some other variations like weekday and 1/1/2020 and see what happens tomorrow. If that does...
by Ampster
Sat May 02, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

Thanks I will try that. I had a complicated schedule that I programmed from the web interface and it never worked. I just input a simple one directly on the screen on the unit. Interestingly when I went to check it on the web interface it said "In Use" and I could not access it. It is scheduled to s...
by Ampster
Sat May 02, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low
Replies: 16
Views: 3663

Re: Time of use rates still using battery when grid price is low

I recently ran a test on my Skybox and got the opposite result that the Skybox did not go into battery mode. My settingss; Maximum independence. TOU cost of grid energy $.35 from 3PM to 7PM Battery at 99% SOC Cost of battery energy $.20 Time of Use Rates Enabled I did read in the the release notes f...
by Ampster
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

I just read on another forum that one of the limitations of M215 microinverters is that they can't be curtailed. I think what that means is they can't be modulated by frequency. In other words they are either on or off, nothing in between. Maybe that is what you are seeing. Have you ever seen them a...
by Ampster
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

My SolarEdge and my IQ7s are Rule compliant and total less that 5kW so either way it works for me. Any mention of the ratio of the GTIs and battery kWhrs? I wonder if there is any limitation now that the inverters can be modulated more effectively.
by Ampster
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

If that is the case that is good news. That conservative ratio of GTI kW to kWhrs for batteries is probably old information. I may consider AC coupling my main 5.7kW system as well as my small Enphase system. That 5.7 kW system is constrained by the 3.8kW Solaredge Inverter so I don't think I am any...
by Ampster
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

All of this is related to the situation when the grid is down and the Skybox is trying to modulate the Grid Tie Inverter. If the Enphase Inverters can't be programmed for HECO OR Rule 21 then I think Outback recommends a lower max size PV to be AC coupled. However this FAQ may provide the practical ...
by Ampster
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

The M215 may be compliant with SA, but can they be programmed to HECO or CA Rule 21?

The othe relevant question is what PV to battery capacity ratio does Outback recomend for the Grid Tie Inverter to safely AC couple.
by Ampster
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox
Replies: 21
Views: 8639

Re: Enphase Envoy microinverter detection thru Skybox

One of the limitations on AC coupling may be the size of your battery pack. Lithium can be more forgiving than Lead Acid and can often take a higher current. Since you stated that you had SimpliPhi battery pack you may want to see what they say, I am just rewiring a small Enphase system to AC couple...
by Ampster
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Firmware update failure.
Replies: 5
Views: 4391

Re: Firmware update failure.

Thanks, that worked. I didn't see that option when I first looked. I will email tech support for the new Admin password.
I am now running on 1.3.27 :grin:
by Ampster
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Firmware update failure.
Replies: 5
Views: 4391

Firmware update failure.

A couple months ago I was updating the firmware on my Skybox and the system locked. I tried to rollback to the previous release but it would still not start the inverter. The display worked, the fans were running but the inverter would not turn on. I made a service request and Outback shipped me a n...
by Ampster
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: AC coupled SolarEdge to Radian
Replies: 17
Views: 10448

Re: AC coupled SolarEdge to Radian

clarkef wrote:.........

One of my promises to my So yeah, I might have gone a bit overboard with 90KW of stored energy. :-)
My Tesla only has 90kWhr and I just drove it across the USA, albeit with a few stops along the way.
by Ampster
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

alorentz wrote:via optics account, I'm able to view and setup the system but not everything. the skybox optics icon is still red and not able to make that connection. I'm trying to login to skybox so I can get some firmware updates and such but running into password problem.
The login is skybox
admin pswd is 1234
by Ampster
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

I chose to go with the grid vs the generator. my reasoning? if the inverter goes down for extended duration, I rather lean on the grid to power the backed up loads and avoid the generator runtime and the noise. also, the generator would need to be sized appropriately as well. I ended up using MidNi...
by Ampster
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: Skybox Display Anomaly
Replies: 2
Views: 3702

Re: Skybox Display Anomaly

Thanks, that is helpful.
by Ampster
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

... Quick start guide is not there yet....... -Kurt I might be able to wait until the quick start guide is done. I have some time before I get my solar installed and have to pull my permit, but I have one question. Part of the answer may be based on what version of NEC my local County building depa...
by Ampster
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

Sorry for the delayed response from my experiment. I turned off the breaker for the 48v pack and the lights stayed on. Then I turned off the Inverter by touching the on/off button on the screen and the lights went off ie. the load to the critical loads panel was dropped. I tried restarting the inver...
by Ampster
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

That is a good question that I have wondered about myself. All the connections are made in the lower BOS section and the actual relays are located on the circuit boards in the upper section. My understanding is there are no user serviceable parts in the upper section so if something goes wrong you h...
by Ampster
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: SkyBox Functional Q's
Replies: 53
Views: 32051

Re: SkyBox Functional Q's

My limited experience with a Skybox is that you do not need a separate bypass. The Skybox is capable of running without batteries unlike the Radian which I previously used. I have turned off the battery breaker when doing some maintenance on the pack and the critical loads panel continues to be fed ...
by Ampster
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: OpticsRE - Device Support Survey
Replies: 11
Views: 8124

Re: OpticsRE - Device Support Survey

Relay integration would be great, also some integration with IFTTT. I have a grid tie system and also have a battery backed Skybox. Relays would give me the ability to control some loads such as super off peak charging and heat pump. I am on a TOU rate in California and want to use as little of the ...