Surprise-surprise

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Bernard, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Bernard

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    Temperature 55 F, broken clouds, 1:14 PM; for only 4th time this year solar panels hit 5.1 kW, & on first day of winter. Max design output rated at 5.5 kW [ June 20 th, 12:30 PM, 50 deg F & luck ]. System can supply 100% of electric load if properly managed. In Nov. tried to sneak in some electric heat and had to pay a $ 20 electric bill, normal bill is $ 7.
     
  2. Lundwall_Paul

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    I have wanted to add solar power to my home, but the price has stopped me. My power bill runs about $ 150/mo. May I ask what you paid for the parts? I assume that this was a DIY project.
     
  3. Bernard

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    It is an on grid, 20 yr leased system. When the price came down to two dollars per W, I decided it was time to jump in. Rather tham mo payments, I paid it off in a lump sum. Payout expected in about 10 years & after 9 mo seems to be on track. Unexpectedly, electric co paid $ .03 for remaining 1000 kWh surplus at end of October when slate was wiped clean.
     
  4. spinnaker

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    I guess it is a huge advantage living in Tuscon. :)

    I'm confused, the panels paid for themselves in 4 years as opposed to 10?


    Selling back to the power company is how friends of mine decieded to go. Saves a ton on batteries.
     
  5. Bernard

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    Still expect payback in about ten years; do not know where 4 y came from?
     
  6. spinnaker

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    From the way I read it you have been using the system for 4 years and "Unexpectedly, electric co paid $ .03 for remaining 1000 kWh surplus at end of October when slate was wiped clean. "
     
  7. Bernard

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    It sais in use for 9 mo.; went online last March.
     
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