I have a Goodwe ES inverter. I can configure this from home no problem, and at current load shed levels and with inclement weather, I do need to tweak things occasionally - mostly the operation mode, put it into “economical” mode for a spell to force charge the batteries.
This is all OK when I’m working from home. I fire up PV Master and I can make the necessary changes. But in the new year I will have to start showing my face at the office again.
Now, some folks say there is a configuration facility available via SEMS that will allow me to remotely make the sort of changes I could make with PV master. Is that true? And is it only conditionally available? IE you need to be the person who actually registered the system on SEMS?
IIRC, you can configure mode and DoD settings over the SEMS app from your phone. Otherwise you can with a VPN and homeassistant with the experimental GoodWe plugin from HACS. PV master does not seem to work over VPN.
Go into the app on your phone, scroll down to the inverter, click on it. At the top of the list of parameters (underneath the graphic), there is a small button labelled “Configure” (it might be in a strange language). If you click on it, you are presented with a disclaimer, click on the already checked box saying you accept, and then on next. Now you should be able to change the settings.
I would post pictures, but it seems their site is down again, which is why I prefer homeassistant with VPN.
With homeassistant, you can also set rules to automatically change the modes under certain conditions or at certain times.
So I fired up the app and didn’t get the button. I uinstalled and then installed from scratch. Still no button.
Thanks for the help. I’m wondering if it doesn’t have something to do with who has the inverter registered on SEMS (clue: not me). It only really becomes a big deal when I have to return to the office. I’ll chat with the installer after the holidays.
Can you elaborate how you make changes in Home Assistant.
I have the integration, and can successfully change the DoD percentage. But try as I may, I cannot get to successfully change the Operations Mode.
I would like to change from Normal (On Grid) to Backup Mode when certain criteria is present.
Everytime I make the chance in Home Assistant, and then go to the PV Master App or Sems App, the change does not reflect.
(PS. as stated my DOD changes made in Home Assistant do reflect in PV Master)
What is the firmware version as reported by SEMS portal of your inverter?
What is the version of the HA integration you use. Built-in or custom+custom version?
The reason I ask this is this. With earlier firmware, like 2121 and arm 7 for example, as @_a_a_a mentions, the inverter requires a reboot to change from general to eco_charge as an example. As in, the mode will reflect in PV master, but it won’t take effect without the reboot. In later versions, such as 2323, this is no longer required, you can change the mode and it will take affect without a reboot. A massive improvement in my opinion.
The master branch of the custom integration actually now support eco mode v2. This only works if your version on SEMS read 1242417 (latest as of Q3/4 2022). What this mode allow for, is to say, charge the batteries from grid up to 80% SoC then stop. This is nice to prevent the batteries going to 100%. If I had no solar panels, I would leave the inverter in this mode in fact.