Q: What is happening with the 3G shutdown?
A: This year, 3G cell plans are being prematurely discontinued by all major telecommunications carriers, including T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. This ending of the 3G infrastructure is happening nationwide, affecting solar customers everywhere. Once this occurs, your connection to view system monitoring through the Palmetto app will be severed.
Q: What is the 3G device inside your inverter and why is it important?
A: Your solar system includes a 3G cellular signal plan within the inverter, which allows your system to wirelessly report power production. This device was installed in your solar inverter automatically when your solar system was installed. This allows you to:
- Monitor your system's production via the Palmetto App
- Helps us review system issues remotely, should they arise
- Ensure receipt of any SRECtrade incentives, if applicable
Q: Will I be able to account for any SREC incentives once my reporting is back online?
A: No. Unfortunately, there is no direct process to recover any SREC incentives that may have been recorded while your inverter was not reporting energy production. Any energy data that was not recorded and reported cannot be used for SREC incentive purposes.
Q: Is this happening everywhere? Who is affected?
A: Yes. This premature 3G wind-down is affecting virtually all installers in the solar industry, as well as many other industries that leverage 3G technology. Affected Palmetto systems were primarily installed before 2020.
Q: Will my system stop producing?
A: No. Your system will continue producing power. Even if you lose access to monitoring, your system will still produce. The cellular device in question is unrelated to the production of your system.
Q: Is there a cost to me?
A: While we’re doing our best to minimize costs to homeowners, the cost of the replacement device, as well as labor, may be applicable. We’ll send you information on the cost specific to your local area when supply is available.
Q: Who is SolarEdge and what is an inverter?
A: SolarEdge is a leading solar equipment manufacturer and happens to be the manufacturer for your solar system's inverter. An inverter is a standard piece of equipment with all solar installations that helps convert the power generated by your solar panels into usable power for your home. Your solar inverter came with a built-in 3G cellular device.
Q: What if I choose not to replace my device?
A: You will no longer have access to production monitoring, nor will you receive system updates through the Palmetto app. The 3G cellular device does not affect system production.
If your area is supported by any SRECTrade incentives, you may lose access to those incentives, should you choose not to accept the replacement device.
Q: Does this impact my warranty?
A: No. The various warranties associated with your solar system are not impacted.
Q: Do I need to take action?
A: At this time, no action is required from you. Your solar system will still produce power, even if your monitoring were to be temporarily disconnected. Of course, we're working hard to ensure you do not lose monitoring! Palmetto will contact you in the coming weeks with instructions on how to schedule your service visit.
Q: When can I expect an update?
A: Palmetto is working directly with your solar inverter manufacturer, SolarEdge, on coordinating a replacement device. We expect to begin replacements early this fall. While this winddown affects the entire solar industry, as well as many other industries, customer experience is our top priority and we'll be working with you, our homeowners, as quickly as possible.
Q: How will I receive scheduling instructions?
A: Palmetto will send you an email with full details on how to register your solar system and opt in to your device upgrade. Timing on availability will vary based on:
- Receipt of your replacement device from the manufacturer
- Technician availability in your area
Q: To what email will you send opt-in instructions?
A: Instructions will be sent to your email associated with your Palmetto solar account. This is the same email you signed your various documents when you signed up for solar.
Q: Will I need to be home for my technician visit?
A: No. You will not need to be home for your technician visit. However, the technician will need access to your solar inverter. Therefore, if your inverter is not directly accessible, such as behind a gate or on the interior of your home, we will require an adult to be present and to provide access.
Q: Can the electrician help with other solar issues or other general electrical problems around my home?
Q: Who can I contact with questions?
A: Palmetto will be proactively reaching out to affected homeowners over the coming weeks, however, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us via the below contact information. Thank you for being a Palmetto customer!