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Post by The Meal » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:29 pm

We're in. Solar loan, 8.96kW install (projecting 100% usage covered). Paperwork signed today, site inspection on 7/19. Ion Solar (talked to two other providers... sorry The Mix, no referral for you).

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28 × Silfab 320M panels with Enphase Micro Inverters (covered by 25-year product warranty and 30-year production warranty).

Current power provider is United Power with a 10.15¢ kWh rate and a 4.2¢ net metering buyback rate (for overage provided every 3/31). Unfortunately it's also got a $19/month connection charge which would've required us going full-unibomber-off-the-grid to avoid.

I know where to find you to update the process between now and power-from-the-sun flowing through our wires.
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Post by Zaxxon » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:41 pm

Congrats. Incidentally, we're looking at covering the rest of our roof, which would take us to... 8.92 kW. Maybe it's a sign.

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Post by The Meal » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:01 pm

It only gets more expensive in 2020 (probably).
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Post by Zaxxon » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:03 pm

Indeed.

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Post by Jeff V » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:28 pm

So far, the numbers aren't working in favor for me. We just don't use that much electricity. I had higher electric bills when we lived in an apartment than I do living in this house.

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Post by gbasden » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:42 pm

The Meal wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:29 pm

28 × Silfab 320M panels with Enphase Micro Inverters (covered by 25-year product warranty and 30-year production warranty).
I bought my system outright, but we've had really good luck with our Enphase micro inverters. Totally stable for about 10 years now.

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Post by Zaxxon » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:59 pm

I just had one of mine go on the fritz. 5 years in, it sporadically drops so that panel is producing about 30% less than its peers. They replaced it under warranty but I'm on the hook for an hour of labor.

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Post by The Meal » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:14 pm

Going the Micro Inverter route was very important to me. Google searching showed me that some older Enphase micro inverters had a bad rep for early failures, but apparently that's been addressed. I wasn't able to get the actual model numbers of what'll be going on our roof.

I hadn't thought about warranty work only covering product and not labor. Put that sort of thing into the hidden costs bucket. GL Zax.
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Post by Zaxxon » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:17 pm

A lot of companies cover labor, too, but apparently not Enphase.

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Post by gilraen » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:56 am

We had an inverter fail but only because squirrels chewed through a cable and pretty much shorted out the whole system.

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Post by Zaxxon » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:03 am

gilraen wrote:We had an inverter fail but only because squirrels chewed through a cable and pretty much shorted out the whole system.
Ballsy squirrel.

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Post by The Meal » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:50 pm

gilraen wrote:
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We had an inverter fail but only because squirrels chewed through a cable and pretty much shorted out the whole system.
:lol: How'd that smell?
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Post by Scuzz » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:56 pm

Jeff V wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:28 pm
So far, the numbers aren't working in favor for me. We just don't use that much electricity. I had higher electric bills when we lived in an apartment than I do living in this house.
That was pretty much the case with us. Because you are limited to a percentage of your prior use we wouldn't be able to put enough panels on for it to really make sense for us. Although I admit doing it now would probably result in great savings 10 years from now. But if I spent the money for solar I would want to be able to use the AC more often (and lower) and under current guidelines we just wouldn't be able to do that.

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Post by RMC » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:17 am

I keep looking into this, and recently we switched over to 100% electric, and boy do Electric dryers really pull down the power. <sigh> The Electric dryer basically doubled my electric bill, so starting to wonder if Solar is something I should look into it again.
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