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jainsw
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My RE system: My setup is a 48v system and is comprised of the following components:
12-ES190 Evergreen solar panels-pole mount non-auto tracking, 4 220 Volt GE panels fixed mount
12-Hanwha Q Peak 300watt panels
1-Outback FM60 PV Charge controller 60a MPPT, 12-60 vdc. 60a output
1-Outback FM80 PV CC, 80a MPPT
1-Outback VFX3648 3.6kw, 120vac output
1-Mate3s with OpticsRE
1-Outback Hub
1-Outback FNDC
7-SimpliPhi 3.8-48v-75Ah Lithium batteries

OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by jainsw »

It's about an hour after the sun has set and it's snowing, yet my OpticsRe is showing solar generation of .04kW. I've never seen that before. Is this normal?
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raysun
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My RE system: Flexpower Two: (2) FXR3048A-01, (2) FM80, MATE3s, FlexNetDC
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Outback IBR3 battery enclosure
REC Alpha 440W panels - 2 arrays: each of 4 strings of 2 in series
Honda EU7000is gas fuel generator

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by raysun »

40W, with a 7kW aggregate array. It could be...

Actual output.
A small measurement error.
Aliens scanning your property with Alpha emitters.

If it's the first two, I wouldn't worry about it.

If you turn tomorrow's mashed potatoes into a starchy model of Devil's Tower, I would definitely worry about it
jainsw
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Posts: 342
Joined: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:54 am
My RE system: My setup is a 48v system and is comprised of the following components:
12-ES190 Evergreen solar panels-pole mount non-auto tracking, 4 220 Volt GE panels fixed mount
12-Hanwha Q Peak 300watt panels
1-Outback FM60 PV Charge controller 60a MPPT, 12-60 vdc. 60a output
1-Outback FM80 PV CC, 80a MPPT
1-Outback VFX3648 3.6kw, 120vac output
1-Mate3s with OpticsRE
1-Outback Hub
1-Outback FNDC
7-SimpliPhi 3.8-48v-75Ah Lithium batteries

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by jainsw »

raysun wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:00 pm 40W, with a 7kW aggregate array. It could be...

Actual output.
A small measurement error.
Aliens scanning your property with Alpha emitters.

If it's the first two, I wouldn't worry about it.

If you turn tomorrow's mashed potatoes into a starchy model of Devil's Tower, I would definitely worry about it
:lol: :lol: :lol: Didn't think about those pesky aliens :mrgreen:
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Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by Shadow_Storm56 »

jainsw wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:29 pm It's about an hour after the sun has set and it's snowing, yet my OpticsRe is showing solar generation of .04kW. I've never seen that before. Is this normal?
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It does that, all the CC'S read 0 but it gets confused. No worries a reset of your mate or axs port will clear it.
jainsw
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Posts: 342
Joined: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:54 am
My RE system: My setup is a 48v system and is comprised of the following components:
12-ES190 Evergreen solar panels-pole mount non-auto tracking, 4 220 Volt GE panels fixed mount
12-Hanwha Q Peak 300watt panels
1-Outback FM60 PV Charge controller 60a MPPT, 12-60 vdc. 60a output
1-Outback FM80 PV CC, 80a MPPT
1-Outback VFX3648 3.6kw, 120vac output
1-Mate3s with OpticsRE
1-Outback Hub
1-Outback FNDC
7-SimpliPhi 3.8-48v-75Ah Lithium batteries

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by jainsw »

I was counting on it being more reliable that I am :lol:
raysun
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Outback IBR3 battery enclosure
REC Alpha 440W panels - 2 arrays: each of 4 strings of 2 in series
Honda EU7000is gas fuel generator

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by raysun »

jainsw wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:06 pm I was counting on it being more reliable that I am :lol:
Its easy to simply disregard the spurious readings. If you go back to the first day you remember seeing them and look, you will likely find they have disappeared. (Alien data cleanup.)

However, if you make too much noise about it, they send a man in a black suit with a little flashing pen thing.
Shadow_Storm56
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Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by Shadow_Storm56 »

raysun wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:16 pm
jainsw wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:06 pm I was counting on it being more reliable that I am :lol:
Its easy to simply disregard the spurious readings. If you go back to the first day you remember seeing them and look, you will likely find they have disappeared. (Alien data cleanup.)

However, if you make too much noise about it, they send a man in a black suit with a little flashing pen thing.
The flashing pen is scary
raysun
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My RE system: Flexpower Two: (2) FXR3048A-01, (2) FM80, MATE3s, FlexNetDC
SimpliPhi 48-3.8 (6 @ 48v)
Outback IBR3 battery enclosure
REC Alpha 440W panels - 2 arrays: each of 4 strings of 2 in series
Honda EU7000is gas fuel generator

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by raysun »

Shadow_Storm56 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:20 pm
raysun wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:16 pm
jainsw wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:06 pm I was counting on it being more reliable that I am :lol:
Its easy to simply disregard the spurious readings. If you go back to the first day you remember seeing them and look, you will likely find they have disappeared. (Alien data cleanup.)

However, if you make too much noise about it, they send a man in a black suit with a little flashing pen thing.
The flashing pen is scary
Just lay low, don't make any noise, and its all good.
jainsw
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Posts: 342
Joined: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:54 am
My RE system: My setup is a 48v system and is comprised of the following components:
12-ES190 Evergreen solar panels-pole mount non-auto tracking, 4 220 Volt GE panels fixed mount
12-Hanwha Q Peak 300watt panels
1-Outback FM60 PV Charge controller 60a MPPT, 12-60 vdc. 60a output
1-Outback FM80 PV CC, 80a MPPT
1-Outback VFX3648 3.6kw, 120vac output
1-Mate3s with OpticsRE
1-Outback Hub
1-Outback FNDC
7-SimpliPhi 3.8-48v-75Ah Lithium batteries

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by jainsw »

:???: I didn't see anything...
raysun
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My RE system: Flexpower Two: (2) FXR3048A-01, (2) FM80, MATE3s, FlexNetDC
SimpliPhi 48-3.8 (6 @ 48v)
Outback IBR3 battery enclosure
REC Alpha 440W panels - 2 arrays: each of 4 strings of 2 in series
Honda EU7000is gas fuel generator

Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by raysun »

:lol:
jainsw wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:53 pm :???: I didn't see anything...
:lol:
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Re: OpticsRe showing solar after dark

Post by pss »

My system commonly has a small output on a bright moonlit night.
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