[RFI] Solar Panel RFI Video

Mike Kirkland radio.ns6q at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 13:12:25 EDT 2018

Based on my personal experience I have to completely disagree with the
comments about solar edge.

I have found solar edge to be completely unresponsive, completely
ineffective, and generally uncaring about the major amounts of rfi being
generated all across the country by their products.

As for a solar edge engineer being several months late; hint - their not

In my interference issue, solar city is the owner operator of the system,
not the home owner.

At least solar edge was polite and professional in communications unlike
solar city's rude, personality offensive, asshole (it takes a lot of abuse
to get me to use that word publicly) approach.

I believe all solar edge systems need to be shut down and only brought back
online when each system is proven to not cause interference.

I think we need a class action law suit.

I am coming up on my 3rd year of basically being wiped of the air!

On Aug 13, 2018 8:01 AM, "Dave Cole (NK7Z)" <dave at nk7z.net> wrote:


I agree completely!  Thank you for the reminder!  Solar Edge is treating
the Amateur community very well here.  Sending out engineers is far
beyond what most other companies are doing.

73s and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z/NNR0DC)
ARRL Technical Specialist

On 08/13/2018 07:41 AM, Hare, Ed  W1RFI wrote:
> We have found Solar Edge to be receptive and interested in resolving the
problems from their existing design.  Keep in mind that the device is an
unintentional emitter and as such, subject to conducted emissions limits
below 30 MHz ONLY on the lines connected to AC mains and subject to
radiated emissions limits above 30 MHz.   If the noise being conducted onto
the AC mains is below the limits, radiated noise below 30 MHz is legal
unless it causes harmful interference.  If it does, it is the
responsibility of the actual operator of the device to resolve the harmful
interference. The manufacturer is required only to meet authorization
requirements, test the design in a lab environment, have ongoing production
meet the limits as found in lab testing and to label the equipment.
> Although I think that in the long run, their choosing a case-by-case
resolution will not work out well for them, I do note that if every
manufacturer of products responded to complaints with full cooperation and
even site visits by their engineers, we'd all be pretty delighted, so keep
this in mind if you have any need to work with Solar Edge.
> Ed Hare, W1RFI
> -----Original Message-----
> From: RFI [mailto:rfi-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Randy Standke
> Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:44 AM
> To: 'Tony'; rfi at contesting.com; 'Tony Brock-Fisher'; Gruber, Mike W1MG
> Subject: Re: [RFI] Solar Panel RFI Video
> Most of the SolarEdge house rewire jobs I have had around me solved the
problem on the first attempt.  One took about four visits before it was
finally solved.  On that final visit an engineer from SolarEdge came out.
> He discovered that they missed a couple of the optimizers.  Even one
unfiltered optimizer will cause RFI 100s of feet away.  So, keep after them
since they probably missed at least one optimizer.
> Randy KQ6RS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: RFI <rfi-bounces at contesting.com> On Behalf Of Tony
> Sent: Friday, July 13, 2018 6:17 PM
> To: rfi at contesting.com; Tony Brock-Fisher <barockteer at aol.com>; Gruber,
Mike W1MG <mgruber at arrl.org>
> Subject: [RFI] Solar Panel RFI Video
> All:
> I recorded a short video that shows the type of solar panel RFI I've been
experiencing from my neighbors Solar Edge installation. Solar Edge
installed RFI suppression a few weeks ago which unfortunately did little to
reduce the level of interference. The companies field engineer will be
flying out to inspect the work the installers did in the next week or two.
> I thought this might help others to recognize solar panel issues.
> See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiW758EyW_8
> Tony -K2MO
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