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Bernard

Joined Aug 7, 2008
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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.
 

Lundwall_Paul

Joined Oct 18, 2011
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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.
 

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Bernard

Joined Aug 7, 2008
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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.
 

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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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.

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.
 

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Still expect payback in about ten years; do not know where 4 y came from?
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. "
 
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