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    Hello

    my name is rich and I am on long island

    i have a new sunpower system about a year old

    my app has said communication issue for a week so I cannot see anything

    my box shows a blue light and it is working properly.

    a tech came out and said the system is functioning properly and it is connected to the internet

    my power happened to go out when the tech was here and said sunpower May blame that. The utility company was doing work on a line down the block so I found it ridiculous he’d even think they’d give me a warranty issue over a power outage

    however he said if the pv is the issue it will likely be warranty

    has anyone had an issue with their system monitoring? I haven’t been able to see a report in week

    he checked each panel in his diagnostic computer and said that I am producing and may just be an app problem

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    • #3
      Sunpower's tech people and phone communication has always sucked as long as I've had my system.

      But, the online monitoring was, at one time and IMO anyway, first class. First 5 1/2 yrs. of 6 + yrs. on my system, no droputs of any 5 minute data or totals.

      About 6+ months ago or so, that all changed. Others here have mentioned similar to what I've experienced in the way of dropouts. The standard pap from S.P. is something like : Don't worry, we're aware that your monitoring is screwed up. We're working on it. So sorry. Then things improve for a few days/a week or so and the problems return.

      I can't offer much more than empathy for what may be your situation.

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      • #4
        Yea. I’m pretty bummed

        the best part was monitoring my production

        the tech plugged in his diagnostic machine to the box. System is all green and everything is working as it should.

        he said it has to be on sun powers end

        he said they may have the pv replaced under warranty

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ny86yanks View Post
          Yea. I’m pretty bummed

          the best part was monitoring my production

          the tech plugged in his diagnostic machine to the box. System is all green and everything is working as it should.

          he said it has to be on sun powers end

          he said they may have the pv replaced under warranty
          I've got my system dialed in pretty good and the system's production is about as I expect it to be. It's the monitoring that's screwed up.

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          • #6
            the dealer is saying its probably an issue on sun powers side. yet my coworker has the same system and his monitoring is working fine

            I really feel its an issue with the PV...should be replaced under the 10 year warranty

            we'll see what happens I don't want to have to take them to court

            since November 15th my PV hasn't transmitted any data at all

            I have the PVS5x

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ny86yanks View Post
              the dealer is saying its probably an issue on sun powers side. yet my coworker has the same system and his monitoring is working fine

              I really feel its an issue with the PV...should be replaced under the 10 year warranty

              we'll see what happens I don't want to have to take them to court

              since November 15th my PV hasn't transmitted any data at all

              I have the PVS5x
              Before I ran off and demanded a new system, or some possible service of some part(s) of the system, I'd start by reading the POCO meter a couple of times when the sun is shining. If you have a large system relative to your usage, and if a tare reading of the POCO meter over time indicates negative usage, or if the POCO meter shows a negative power level when the sun is shining, meaning more power is being generated and leaving your home than is coming in from the POCO, the system is producing power.

              How much power is being produced may be a question, but that's a bit different than assuming because the monitoring is showing no power that the system must be replaced.

              Also, assuming you have an inverter with some info available from a screen, and if there are any info on it, you ought to be able to get some info about what's going into the inverter from the array.

              My money is on S.P's monitoring being most of the culprit, and the system is probably producing power about as expected. That opinion gets a bit more weight from what the tech who looked at the system came up with.

              IMO only, what you see as a PV generating system problem has at least some of its origins in your ignorance of how your PV system works and how to do simple troubleshooting, but that's just my $0.02. More knowledge will make you a better marksman on the troubleshooting target range.

              Myself and others here have experienced relatively recent skips/dropouts and other frustrations w/ the Sunpower monitoring system that seem to come/go in a somewhat random fashion similar to what seems to be what you are describing.

              I have not seen a change/decrease in expected production from my system, and others here have not mentioned such a decrease that I've read about.

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