For owners of solar electric systems with Enphase microinverters, the company has just updated its Enlighten system monitoring portal. The new design is great. The site uses intuitive tabs. All of the same great charts and reports are available. You can now upload photos of your system to the site to show in a gallery. There is also a handy download button to download charts as an image file or PDF like shown below. The site leads you into time-lapse views of your energy production over time more intuitively. Now I’m waiting for the ability to download a video of the time-lapse views. These wouldRead More →

Solar salespeople don’t like to talk about hurricanes when discussing solar panels with prospective customers. With hurricane season in full swing, there are understandable concerns about high winds and their effect on solar panels. The truth is that there is not much to fear. Hurricane prone Southwest Florida has seen its share of storm activity over the years, so there is some precedent for solar panel performance here. Under the Florida Building Code (FBC), solar panel attachments must meet very stringent wind uplift requirements. In Collier County, for example, the maximum ultimate design wind speed we face is 172 mph for a typical residential solarRead More →