Solar & Energy Usage Monitoring Enlightens Family

CHALLENGE

Increase effectiveness of a non-Enphase installation through a simple monitoring system
for electricity generation and consumption.

SOLUTION

Enlighten’s low cost, highly compatible monitoring system providing data needed for more intelligent energy decisions.

RESULT

Visually presented, real time data in 15 minute increments that make identifying inefficiencies easy.

I am now making much more effective use of the power
I am producing.

— Kenneth Jensen, Homeowner

Having reduced his family’s power bill with solar, Kenneth Jensen already knew that solar worked. But without monitoring he felt starved of data he needed to truly optimise his system. Enlighten was the perfect solution.

From Simple Solar to Smarter Solar

Living in a very busy house of four adults and one grand child in outback Western Australia, solar has been a no brainer for the Jensens since receiving a $780 power bill two years ago. Thanks to ideal weather and little shading, the installation has already helped the family cut Clearly what was missing was a way of monitoring how much energy the system produces and how much electricity his family uses every day.

Upgrading his system with the Enphase Envoy®-S Metered and integrating into accompanying Enlighten software, Kenneth was now ready to go from being solar to being solar smart.
With real time data on electricity consumption over energy generation, in 15 minute increments, presented with striking and simple visuals – Kenneth could immediately begin

 

Targeting Ineffiencies

number of opportunities for improvement. For example, by studying his data over time, Kenneth found consistent periods of low demand during his system’s peak solar production. Quickly, he realised this was due to the in-between operation cycles of his pool pump. Acting on this information, Kenneth synchronised his electric hot water system’s on times to these low demand periods. lower cost than actually replacing his existing electric system!

he is producing during the day rather than exporting it for a non-competitive rate of 7c/kWh only to have to buy it back that night or early next morning at 25c/kWh to operate the hot water system. With the release of solar battery systems such as the Enphase AC battery, Kenneth expects he will be able to make even further use of this energy through synergizing the battery’s use with Enlighten monitoring.

Being Energy Conscious

With the ability to easily demonstrate when the entire household was using equipment such as dryers and irons and point out Jensen family’s energy consumption behaviour – not just

his own. Thanks to clear & visual reporting that anyone can understand, Enphase monitoring has enlightened the entire family’s power conscience.

Initially I was checking the system everyday while I was looking for trends and areas that I could shift loading to better times in the day where I was generating the most power
says Kenneth Jensen, Homeowner.

No Internet? No Problem.

The Enphase Mobile ConnectTM cellular modem and data plan provide easy and reliable

networking of an Enphase System without needing to rely on an internet connection at the site.

Pre-configured and simple to install,
the Enphase Mobile Connect
cellular modem plugs directly into the Enphase Envoy-STM USB port, no additional wiring is required.

With the Enphase Mobile Connect you get:

  • 3G cellular modem, MultiTech Cell 100 Series MTC-H5

  • Pre-configured and installed, industrial grade SIM card

  • Five-year pre-paid data plan

  • Antenna (Laird Heptaband)

  • USB to mini-USB cable

  • Five-year warranty

    The Enphase Mobile Connect is purpose-built for systems up to 10kW and available across Australia and New Zealand. It picks up the best signal from the major carrier in your local region, whether that is Telstra, Optus or Vodafone for Australia, or Telecom Mobile, 2degrees or Vodafone for New Zealand.

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