Monday, October 11, 2021

Enphase is again innovating and leading the industry with their integrated PV Electric and Storage solutions!!

Steve Here:

Enphase is again innovating and leading the industry with their integrated PV Electric and Storage

Call me at 808-265-5971 and we can discuss the options.   

Or email



Buy a 10kWh battery and a 5-year warranty extension for up to 15 years of limited warranty coverage. Pay zero interest with no payments for a year or select a 15-year financing option with payments as low as $70 a month for qualified applicants.  Ask your solar installer to help you choose the best financing option for your budget. 

Enphase Storage technology includes industry-first features like Load Control, enabling customers to decide what gets powered in their home in the event of a grid outage. Enphase battery chemistry is safer by design, and microinverters provide better reliability without high-power DC voltage — putting product safety first where it matters most, at home. A passive cooling system provides better performance with fewer moving parts. And of course, if anything ever goes wrong, in addition to a 15-year warranty option, Enphase offers 24/7 support.

Load Control
This industry-first feature enables customers to decide what gets powered in their home in the event of a grid outage.

A passive cooling system provides better performance with fewer moving parts.

Enphase battery chemistry is safer by design, and microinverters provide better reliability without high-power DC voltage - putting product safety first.

And of course, if anything ever goes wrong, in addition to a 15-year warranty, Enphase offers 24/7 support.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Setting the STECA Controller Into Vacation Mode

To deactivate the holiday function, follow the same 3 steps except this time the umbrella will “toggle off” (a.k.a. become unchecked) and you will be back in normal mode.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Solar Attic Fan Warranty Form

Monday, May 10, 2021

The IQ7 Microinverter Upgrade -- Best Deal, Best Plan to Hit The Market in 10 Years!

Old Micro-Inverters Failing!  Replace Them All Now at Less Than Manufacturer's Cost for 7th Generation 7 IQ Microinverters.

Interested?  Enquire by Email Here

7IQ Upgrade – (4) Bullet Points to Understand it – It’s a complete component rebuild on the roof.
  1. Early Microinverters Have a High Rate of Failure, And a high labor and programming cost to repair.  Upgrading the whole system will be cheaper than paying the repair costs over time.
  2. Enphase is offering to Upgrade to 7th Generation Micros at LOW COST
  3. Enphase include cables, and includes better quality Envoy/EMU monitor with wireless capability.
  4. Your warranty, which is going away quickly, is EXTENDED for 25 years…..starting 2021!!!
Let’s say you had a $35,000 car, and you had 70,000 miles on it and it was started ti nickel and dime you a bunch in repairs.    If the dealer came to you and said, heh, for $2000, we will give you a new car, with a 25 year warranty……WOULD YOU TAKE THAT DEAL?


5) The 7IQ is "Battery Ready", The M190 will never be Battery Ready.   Call Steve to discuss, battery costs and quality and longevity have taken huge strides forward.    And Enphase has rolled out their "Plug and Play" battery system, that is designed from the beginning to work seemlessly with the new 7IQ Inverters!
6) The new monitor (EMU/Envoy) comes with Current Transducers, that PES et al, can install for you if you want to exactly know your energy profile.    These provide valuable information on your actual power production, and times where you import energy from HECO.  This allows a good engineer to properly size a battery system, without buying too much!   

The 7IQ Upgrade program is like getting that NEW CAR, at 10% of the cost!
Interested?  Enquire by Email Here

We have done around 90 of these upgrades and we have 90 very happy customers!  (THE ENTIRE M SERIES) (M190, M210, M175, M215, M250).

If you don’t know what you have, just enquire

The original Enphase Microinverter warranty was 15 years.   For many people that is ½ or 2/3 gone ALREADY.

We re-use the racking system, and the panel hold down clips.    We expect some stuff to break, as that is just the way Murphy works, and we will cover all miscellaneous small part breakage, up to $200 per customer.

Interested?  Enquire by Email Here

Sunday, May 2, 2021

You Have A Leak From the Roof? How to Shut Off Water To the Roof On Your Solar System

95% of Our Lower Systems Look Exactly the Same.   

It took a year or so to come up with the Optimal Design, and we have been using it ever since.  

The reason for unplugging the pump is because it would be pushing against a closed valve and getting really hot.   These hefty Grundfos pumps are pretty tough, but no use abusing them!    They could fail. 


Friday, April 30, 2021

How To Allow Pacific Energy to View Your Microinverter Based System

It's really quite simple and fast, and here it is.

Log in the Enlighten to view your system


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Clarification on Solar Related Tax Credits - 2020

Click on each graphic to view in larger form, or right click and select view in its own window----allows scroll magnification.

It took me a few hours to bone up on the Tax Credit forms for Federal and State, since I had not done so for many years.    I also had to spend hours with my personal and business expert tax preparer to figure out 2019 credits in which I did a Solar PV Air-conditioning system for myself.    I also did another Large PV Aircon in 2020. 

A close look at the annotations below and if need be, a call to Steve should clear up how to handle the tax credits on:

1) Solar PV Air Conditioning

2) Solar PV Electric Power

3) Solar Integrated with Battery Storage

4) Solar Attic Fan

5) Solar Hot Water

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2021 The Solar Hot Water Tuneup Explained, What and Why

What is the Solar Tuneup?    Why do the Solar Tune-up?

Very Important to do the Tune-Up at least every 3 years, to protect your system and keep warranties in effect!

Resolve to take better care of your Hot Water Solar. Scroll down to see what the tuneup is and why you should do it every three years.   In the long run it sets you at peak efficiency/ higher savings and avoids costly maintenance.   A lower system changeout runs $4000 to $5000 and panel changes can be up to $2000 each.

Doing the Solar Tune-Up is EASY!   It just takes an EMAIL to

or a phone call to 265-5971, and we will make it happen.

TUNEUP Sale Price until 9-31-2021----    $300 all tax included, Normally $425 plus tax

If your pressure relief valve doesn't work when it needs to (solar=high temp=high pressure), you can rupture up your house piping and if the piping is under the concrete slab, it can cost $8000 or more to fix.

Email (best) or call to be assured of a slot in the sale price.    We try to do 3 Tune ups a day, in the same neighborhood, so after you Email (or call) we will contact you with a proposed  date for the neighborhood.

What is the Solar Tuneup?

The tuneup takes time and skill, it is a serious service: We replace 3 important parts, not JUST an anode change which some people pretend is a "tune up".

Tune-up prevents rust out, extends system life and prevents over pressure pipe leaks.

Hawaii’s water can be hard on hot water systems, the water chemistry is not good, with calcium and silica being the main culprits.    Hawaii water is corrosive. A small investment now can prevent huge repair bills later.

Email to
(or call 265-5971)

There are THREE important parts that require periodic replacement, and we do a complete check on the system, controller, pump, valves, temperature sensors.

1)      Sacrificial Anode Rod (keeps the whole system from rusting, just like a Zinc on a boat)
2)      Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve (P&T) – Keeps pipes from bursting in the house or under the slab
3)      Pressure Relief Valve – Same, keeps pipes and the solar panels from bursting, except up at the roof level. 
4) Coat all rooftop insulation with a special UV coating, that insulation takes a beating on the hot roof.
5) Re-seal the pipe penetrations through the roof if they need it.    This is your number one change for a leak, so getting it re-sealed is a strong protection.
6) And we will do a thorough flush of the whole system, including the tank, solar pipes, and panels.
Do you know that the customer is supposed to be doing an annual flush of the tank and panels?    It only takes ten minutes?    Do you know how?    If not this is the perfect time for the technician to give you the training or retraining, on what you should be doing.

See picture at the right...a clogged up P&T relief valve.    This may not open, causing a house pipe to over pressure and rupture.

Recently, we have heard about companies offering a “Tune Up” service, and rather than replace the Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve (PTR), that state that they will “inspect” the parts and replace if necessary.   We find this to be misleading, since you cannot inspect a P&T Relief Valve in the field.    It would have to be done in a lab/shop.    It's really just a way for them to get out of there more quickly, while leaving you at risk.

We always replace the PTR. If the PTR fails to operate when your tank gets hot and the pressure builds, that pressure might blow a hole in any of your pipes.Those pipes may be on your roof, or underground... Or under your house. If something were to happen, and Murphy got in the act, where would it happen?   Of course it would be in the most expensive place to fix, under the house slab

We always replace the Pressure Relief valve at the panel which protects your panels and piping.

We always replace the Anode which keeps your system from rusting.

All taxes included, does not include any other system problems that we may troubleshoot for you if you are indicating that the system is not performing properly.

See Standard Pricing Sheet the technician will have----for replacement of other components like pumps, controllers, temp sensors, etc.    Email us if you want a copy via email.

If you don’t already have a Solar Attic Fan or would like an Additional Solar Attic Fan let us know ahead of time, we do a $150 discount on the Solar Attic Fan, which comes with a 25 year warranty and is the best on the market.  

In asphalt shingle, the NET cost after tax credits is around $380!   Do this before you suffer through another summer or have to pay high air-conditioning bills.

Email to today to schedule your 3-Year Preventive Maintenance Service at this low price!