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Re: [RFI] Tesla's Response to Solar Panel RFI

To: dxdx@optonline.net, rfi@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [RFI] Tesla's Response to Solar Panel RFI
From: jimk8mr--- via RFI <rfi@contesting.com>
Reply-to: jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 16:02:11 +0000 (UTC)
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 Suppose it really is a civil dispute between neighbors. How would the 
neighbors resolve the problem if they both chose to do so?
Neighbors cannot be expected to have the knowledge to fix such a technical 
problem. Does Tesla know how to resolve the issue? Can they provide a dollar 
amount it would take for them to do so?
It would seem that either Tesla does not know how to meet FCC standards, and/or 
is too cheap to incorporate the necessary technology to do so.
Either way the FCC ought to be concerned.

Jim   K8MR


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony <dxdx@optonline.net>
To: Rfi List <rfi@contesting.com>
Sent: Sat, Dec 14, 2019 9:38 pm
Subject: [RFI] Tesla's Response to Solar Panel RFI


I recently spoke with Tesla's Ashley Holmen about RFI emanating from a 
neighbors Tesla-leased solar panel system. Tesla uses SolarEdge 
components which are known to cause RFI.

I gave her all the details regarding the unresolved complaint filed with 
SolarEdge in 2016 and politely explained FCC regulations regarding such 

After reviewing the facts, she concluded that the interference is:

"Purely a civil dispute between neighbors" and that "both Tesla and 
SolarEdge have done their due diligence".

Obviously a tactic to deflect so I kindly recommend that she contacts 
the FCC. I also sent her a copy of the ARRL letter that was sent to 
SolarEdge headquarters in 2017 which explains FCC regulations in some 

It's unfortunate, but it looks like solar RFI is not going away anytime 
soon. A friend who investigates RFI for the local power authority said 
that many of the noise complaints they receive by hams turn out to be 
caused by a neighbors newly installed solar panels.

He's found 5 new cases in 2019 and some of those installations involve 
20 year contracts. That's a nightmare for hams because the responsible 
parties can take years to resolve the problem, if at all.

I've posted Ms. Holmen's contact info below for those who have RFI 
issues with systems leased by Tesla.

Tony -K2MO

Ashley Holmen  | Specialist, Executive Resolutions
6611 Las Vegas Blvd S., Suite 200 , Las Vegas, NV 89119 p. (650)
546-8110 | aholmen@tesla.com

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