Enphase, leading manufacturer of microinverters for solar energy systems, recently changed their website to a fresh new look. Since the beginning of the microinverter revolution, Enphase has maintained a list of “Reference Systems” that show system monitoring for system owners who have allowed public access. The Reference System page has a cool zoom-enabled mapping feature that shows system throughout the world. Southwest Florida has many Enphase systems installed. We have installed systems in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sanibel, Rotonda, Bonita Springs, Estero, Alva, Lehigh Acres, Pine Island, and beyond! Sarasota and Tampa are also hotbeds of Enphase based solar electricRead More →

You may have seen the guy standing with a sign under the Veteran’s Parkway overpass or the truck driving up and down Del Prado Boulevard protesting Cape Coral’s proposed Public Service Tax that will “increase your electric bill by 10%.” Just like other utility electric taxes, you can beat the tax with simple conservation efforts, but also with solar electricity! First to clarify, the tax would not actually raise any bill by 10%. The currently proposed 10% tax would be assessed on the customer charge and base utility rate only, excluding the power cost adjustment and all other taxes and fees. The real impact wouldRead More →

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has issued a Public Notice indicating that Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) has distributed solar modules in Florida that do not meet UL standards, but carry the UL mark. The affected solar modules include Models AP-240PK, AP-245MK and ASP-390M. BlueChip Energy has sold and installed these solar panels in Southwest Florida, and now owners are finding they didn’t get what thought they were buying. BlueChip Energy was crushing the prices we offered two years ago, selling systems priced below our cost! We couldn’t compete. I was sounding the warning bells internally at my company that something was fishy. Early signs of trouble came upRead More →

The Pentair SunTouch uses a CR2032 Lithium Battery. The battery only maintains the clock. Other settings do not depend on the battery. You will need to reset the clock if you change the battery and the power to the SunTouch is disconnected (highly recommended) while servicing.