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CHELLIE 11-19-2019 09:50 PM

Anyone Thinking about going Solar for their Home
 
I wish I would have seen this Video before I went with solar on my Home, This video just came out recently, I did not know a lot about solar and I studied what ever info i could get my hands on, Anyway I did go with solar after all, and the sales man was pushing a 95% solar system, meaning 95% of my electricity needs would come form solar, Yea Right, I wanted a system that was 125% of my needs so that I would not have to pay the electric company and would recieve some money back at the end of the year for generating more electricity than i used, well I got talked into a 95% system and I am Pissed off, at the end of the year I had to pay edison $920.00 that I was not expecting in electricity that I was using and it was showing on the bill but it was well hidden on page 5 :( I Had 8 more solar panels added to my Home, and that gives me a 112% system, 12% more than what i will be using, I am still ahead of the Game, the first system lease is $100.00 per month and the second system lease system is $49.00 a month, so my Electric Bill is about $150.00 per month, the average electric bill in my area is $200 to 300 per month.
My advice to anyone if they do go solar, is to get a 125% solar system and dont let the sales person talk you into any thing less than that, If they do try to sell you a smaller system, show them the Door and tell them to get the He!!! out of here :) LOL


Don Sims 11-20-2019 12:55 AM

Thanks for the heads up. Was considering options on getting off the electric grid.

CHELLIE 11-20-2019 12:59 AM

Hi Don :) I learned the Hard Way but i was still Careful when getting my solar system, The Video shows people what to watch out for so a person is more informed, Take care and have fun, Chellie

Panther 11-22-2019 05:29 AM

I went solar about 8 years ago when it was quite expensive then. My 4 kW system cost Au $11,000. (SMA Inverter) 21 Panels on my roof. Part of that cost was the Aluminium framework for mounting it all.
It has paid for itself twice over + some. My last bill was $3.60.
I would never get less than a 6kW system again then I would get no bills. My biggest winter bill running heating was about $200. Sometimes I have credit.
In time I will be replacing the whole system but have no intention of going off grid. Of course better panels are available now also.
I have not had to touch my system since install so it has been very reliable.

CHELLIE 11-24-2019 07:31 AM

Cool, add 8 more panels to your system and you should Be Good To Go :) Solar panels do get weak over time, and the newer panels will prolong you from having to replace the whole system, solar panels have a life of about 25 years, so you are still good :)

RKTLaunch 01-06-2021 04:34 AM


Originally Posted by CHELLIE (Post 1021685)
Cool, add 8 more panels to your system and you should Be Good To Go :) Solar panels do get weak over time, and the newer panels will prolong you from having to replace the whole system, solar panels have a life of about 25 years, so you are still good :)

I did build off-grid about 3 years ago. Even with 8k watts in full sunshine and $4000 in batteties for night time, I cannot run a frig, and certainly not an AC at night. I can just barely keep the AC on every time a good cloud goes over, and not at all in very dark overcast. I have to supplement with propane for cooking, heating and hot water. I do use electric heat but only in full sunshine. I don't want to spend $1200 on a tiny propane frig. I have 4, 40 lb bottles I take to refill. First year I spent $500 on propane, 2nd year $300. Last year, 2020 I spent $250. It's a battle. It's quite difficult to live off-grid. I have a small 2k generator if I really want to work on my computer at night, and a 4k generator for my water well. I had a traditional septic system put in that requires no electricity.

I did peal and stick panels on a metal roof. Even got a little 2" hail that dented a couple....didn't effect them at all and that was 3 years ago. Unisolor panels.

The good news is I have no bills, so I only have about 6 more years to break even...haha, and I live alone, so I'm not dragging a women thru it. Aren't I considerate?

It WAS a challenge I wanted, but I would not suggest it to anyone else. Don't forget, off-grid includes all utilities... electric, water, sewage... natural gas. None of those connected.

Grid-"tied" is more livible and much more expensive.
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Panther 09-07-2021 09:49 PM

Reported

crxmanpat 09-07-2021 10:06 PM

Cleaned them up, thanks.

AEAJR 09-07-2021 11:50 PM

I have no plans to go off-grid but I would like to be part of the solar power system.

Based on current laws I can't get enough panels on my roof to make it pay. My house faces south but I have two dormers and the law says you can't have the panels within 3 feet of the dormers.

I am hoping that they come out with solar shingles before I have to put on a new roof.

solentlife 09-08-2021 10:49 AM

Solar ..... where I live - wind is the best format.

I am looking at low power 12V wind systems to provide power to my boats ... to charge their batterys during periods of non-use.

To have Solar or wind power for home - would mean very large panels / turbine and high cost ... but its definitely something I keep an eye on ... Latvian Govt does say they provide part funding ... but given their overall record when it comes to promises ............ mmmmmmmmmmmm ???

ron_van_sommeren 09-09-2021 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 1031088)
... turbine and high cost ...

RCG user skylar a.k.a. Christo van der Merwe, has built several wind generators
www.bavaria-direct.co.za
→ Generators

solentlife 09-09-2021 04:13 PM

TBH - if I do it ... a) its most likely only for the boats at 12V .. and 100W steady is more than enough - so a 200W setup will be enough. Plenty of budget systems available.

For the house - to qualify for Govt - then it needs to be an authorised system here.


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