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Any way to send solar panel data to the learning thermostat?

j88hunter882
Community Member

Installed the Learning Thermostat around mid September and the graphs show the electric use for cooling (almost to the point we'll need heating), during the first 30 days.

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Looks like we're reducing the electricity used for cooling by . The proof will be in the EPE electric bills. j88hunter882_0-1634421754291.png
It really seems to be learning the best times to cool to minimize electricity usage.
 
Is there any way to tell the thermostat that solar power is available from our system?
 
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The sun shines almost 11+ hours a day here. We do get clouds, but the panels still generate.
The peak cooling requirement is 3-6 PM, if the software starts pre-cooling at 10 am it should reduce
the power consumption and move it into a lower peak in the grid.
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Jake
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey j88hunter882,

 

Sorry for the late reply. I wanted to follow up and ensure you are good to go. Please let me know if you are still having any trouble from here, as I would be happy to take a closer look and assist you further. 

Best regards,
Jake

Jake
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey j88hunter882,

 

Please let me know if you still have any questions about the device and usage, as I will be locking the thread in 24 hours due to inactivity. 

Best regards,
Jake

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j88hunter882
Community Member

I was hoping to get some suggestions from Google/Nest support on how to make the Learning Thermostat aware of the periods solar system generated peak power. Even a simply setting (static) which would work a high percentage of the time especially during April through September. Las Cruces, NM gets about 294 days a year of sunshine and the cloudy days usually occur in November through March.

ShwedishFish
Community Member

I'm also curious about this. Peak grid electrical demand begins around 4-5pm. The Nest thermostat seems to want to minimize power draw then but my solar panels are giving me free, green energy on most days. How can I make the nest thermostat take this into account?

The thermostat seems to adjust the temperature in anticipation of peak demands. I didn't get any specifics from Google. My electric bill has gone from zero to a credit of about $20 a month. I'm in Las Cruces NM, but get electric from El Paso Power. Texas is trying to really limit net metering, so far the PUC in New Mexico has been holding firm. FYI I have 24 Toshiba panels and Enphase micro-inverters and control system. A sunny month it produces about 1.6 megawatt/hours.