Los Angeles, new system up six weeks, purring away happily

DanKegel Registered Users Posts: 23 ✭✭
Hi all,
my 9kW system in Los Angeles has been up for six weeks now,
Pictures and narrative at
I sized it for A/C but haven't put that in yet... bought a used Nissan Leaf, but even that doesn't make much of a dent in my surplus power.
LADWP puts in smart meters now which count mid-day, morning/evening, and night/weekend separately; I'm about 500 and 400 kWh in the black on the first two, and hovering around zero in the night/weekend category.

I saw a Team San Diego on pvoutput.org, but no Team Los Angeles, so I started one:
If you're in LA, and you share your system output graph on pvoutput, join Team Los Angeles for great justice :-)


  • Raj174
    Raj174 Solar Expert Posts: 795 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi Dan,

    I saw the pictures of your system on solar panel talk. A very nice install. I hope it gives you many years of service.
    4480W PV, MNE175DR-TR, MN Classic 150, Outback Radian GS4048A, Mate3, 51.2V 360AH nominal LiFePO4, Kohler Pro 5.2E genset.
  • solar_dave
    solar_dave Solar Expert Posts: 2,397 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2016 #3
    Yeah your going to enjoy that system, near zero is always great.  IS LADWP as nasty as PG&E?

    We love our system here, went from about a $6000 to $7000 annual bill down to about $600 annually while increasing our load with 2 plug-in cars and a new Air conditioned building.  Damn the gas savings are great too! 

    Now if we could just keep APS at bay from the nasty rate changes they want! ;)

  • DanKegel
    DanKegel Registered Users Posts: 23 ✭✭
    LADWP is actually pretty nice, although they seem to have trouble sending out accurate or readable bills.
    They've been doing a good job keeping rates low enough... somehow they didn't get screwed during the
    failed deregulation of the electricity market 15 years ago.
  • BB.
    BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,409 admin
    I thought LADWP was pulling an "ENRON" on their interconnect partners during the 2000's California "deregulation/re-regulation" fiasco. However, according this this, they did not:


    Although, it did read a little bit like "it was nobodys' fault" justifications that you find in government organizations.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset