Generation

Cool feature of the Enlighten website

After being promised some features that didn’t appear to be working on the enlighten website, I decided the time was right to call Enphase and enquire why. After a 10 minute discussion it transpires the basic consumer version of the website doesn’t actually include¬†all the interesting¬†¬†features. I called the installers and asked why i’d not been given the “full” version, and 10 minutes later i’d been upgraded to the full version at a cost of apparently $290 but they’d do […]

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Computers

Windows 10 & Fusion

My main machine is a Macbook Pro, running Windows under Fusion 7 Pro, my only real use for windows on the mac is to run Loxone config, which sadly there isn’t a mac version of. I’ve just upgraded the virtual machine to Windows 10, and was disappointed to find by default that the vmware video driver seems to be incompatible with Windows 10 when upgrading. The main feature I use is the ability to resize the Fusion window and the […]

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Uncategorized

We’ve moved to a new server!

After spending the last year running on Godaddy’s windows hosting servers, the site has now move to a linux based hosting package, and the speed is so much better. I love Windows, after all it pays the mortgage most months, but clearly in this role it wasn’t a lot of use. Here’s to better performance!

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Home Automation

Home Automation… Whats the point?

I’ve been mulling over what the point of Home Automation really is? For years people have had to leave the sofa and turn on their lights themselves. So why change the habit? Well I truly believe the real reason for home automation, the only real incentive should be to save money. The only way energy bills are going is up, giving the house some form of intelligence will hopefully lead to savings in the long run.

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Generation

Mini Review : Enphase Monitoring

The Solar PV system we’ve had installed, uses Enphase micro-inverters rather than one large inverter unit, which should make the system far more efficient than a single inverter unit. Included with the system is an Enphase envoy, which is basically a gateway that links the panels to the servers hosting the diagnostic information, so the panels can be monitored and pro-actively fixed should a problem arise. This is all very useful for the installer / maintainers and gives them a […]