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Who has solar panels and is it worth it?  Has there been a marked reduction in your electric bill? 

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Lot of solar companies  here in Utah are trying to sell the option of they install the panels for free and charge you less for your electric bill.

Had a guy came over to the house last month from the solar company to sell panels like I mention above. I asked him about the option to buy the panels right out and he told me that it depends on the kilowatts used every month by the house hold. He estimated about 30 grand installed with a 10 year warranty( of course you can extend warranty) this also comes with the ability to connect to the power grid and sell your extra power to the electric company(They are required to buy it from you). My bill in Utah runs about 250 -300 bucks a month, the math to me comes out to a savings depending on how much you do not use and sell back to your power company.

You also need to check in your area for government subsidies. they help out with low cost loans or really good tax break.

I am thinking about it. The newer generation of panels have gotten better. I have not gotten into haggling the price yet but will keep you informed.

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Interested in hearing solar install stories too.

I've got a perfect southern exposure roof with no shade.

Seeing a lot of new installations even in shaded non southern exposure roofs.

Neighbor did a small install. Says it is a good deal but not as good as he originally thought.

Maybe I'll wait for the Integrated Elon Musk solar roof when it's time to reroof...

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The Panels are getting better. I have a co-worker who installed one just for his water heater. He swearers it cut his electric bill.

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Someone I know had solar panels installed on her home. This entailed removing some trees. She said that her electric bill was reduced substantially and the cost of the install was worth it. (Although she still heats/cooks by propane gas.)

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I believe there is still one weak link in our energy future and that is battery storage. Wind turbines are great when the wind is blowing but unfortunately it does not always blow.

I envision you pull up to a filling station but instead of filling your tank with gas you stop over a exchange unit where your battery located under your car is removed and a charged one is installed. This gives you enough power to drive 150 miles before getting a recharged battery.

i.e. future battery technologies are the key to our future

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you're still paying for electricity, either to the utility or to the solar panel installer

also, who gets the RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) generated, the homeowner or the solar panel installer?

if the homeowner gets the RECs they can sell them, although the price for SRECs in MD is not too good recently

http://www.flettexchange.com

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5 hours ago, boink said:

you're still paying for electricity, either to the utility or to the solar panel installer

also, who gets the RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) generated, the homeowner or the solar panel installer?

if the homeowner gets the RECs they can sell them, although the price for SRECs in MD is not too good recently

http://www.flettexchange.com

If you purchased the panels, you get the credits; those who "lease" them give those credits up to the solar installer.  

The SREC price is awful, and has me believing that I will never recover the cost of my panels.  Yes, my electric bill is greatly reduced, but it was the promise of the (at that time) $130 per SREC that made the math work for me.  Guess I'll just have to be happy that I'm helping the environment, and denying Constellation a bit of money.

 

 

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On ‎6‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 11:12 AM, Scaggsville said:

Interested in hearing solar install stories too.

I've got a perfect southern exposure roof with no shade.

Seeing a lot of new installations even in shaded non southern exposure roofs.

Neighbor did a small install. Says it is a good deal but not as good as he originally thought.

Maybe I'll wait for the Integrated Elon Musk solar roof when it's time to reroof...

Speaking of re-roofing...

Solar panel experts recommend the you ensure that your roof is in great shape before installing solar panels.

The cost of removing and reinstalling the panels as part of a roof replacement project is evidently substantial.

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