In Reply to: Our system would have a battery, no mention was made of posted by oldmkvi on March 17, 2017 at 21:12:25:
Our ROI on the last system is only a little over 5 years. I just paid for it from our home equity credit line. The savings on the electric bill is double the cost of the payment. After 5 years, we have no electric bill and no payment
These free deals are expensive financing scams, IMO. They put in the solar for free and they get a 30% discount on the tax credit up front. Then, they give you a guaranteed rate with a reduction from your current bill. However, they're designing the system to cover the bill and charging you a reduced rate for power for 20 years. Over time, it will cost you at least twice as much as buying it and you'll still be paying for power long after you would have paid off the system.
All systems are grid tied. Batteries add a lot of cost, require maintenance and aren't reliable in the long term or even in the short term. For example, if you get a week of clouds and rain, the system won't produce enough power to charge the batteries fully to provide power at night.
You also don't get two bills for power. With net metering, the system runs the meter backward when you produce more than you use and then, the meter goes forward when the system isn't producing enough. At the end of the month, you get a bill for the net usage or a credit for excess power. Monthly, you don't have to pay the bill. It doesn't become due until your annual 'True Up' date. At that time, the net usage versus the credits are totaled up and you can pay once a year.
In our case, we rack up credits from April to October. Those offset usage in winter. Sometimes, I'll pay a $100 in November, December and January which about covers our annual net usage or I can just pay once on the True Up date in May.
BTW: A friend of ours took one of those free solar deals and is now complaining that he's still paying the same amount on his bill. I tried to tell him.
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Topic - Any potential audio problems with solar power? - oldmkvi 12:11:17 03/17/17 (28)
- Is there a recommended brand of inverter and panel ??/ - Carl G 08:24:24 03/19/17 (3)
- RE: Is there a recommended brand of inverter and panel ??/ - Green Lantern 02:41:22 03/20/17 (1)
- Thanks for the info. - Carl G 06:34:22 03/21/17 (0)
- RE: Is there a recommended brand of inverter and panel ??/ - Rod M 13:13:41 03/19/17 (0)
- None at all NT - jnr 21:19:54 03/18/17 (0)
- None here.... - Rod M 18:24:43 03/17/17 (7)
- Our system would have a battery, no mention was made of - oldmkvi 21:12:25 03/17/17 (6)
- batteries? what happens on cloudy/rainy days? - Green Lantern 17:10:20 03/18/17 (0)
- It's far cheaper to buy the system.... - Rod M 08:23:05 03/18/17 (3)
- OK.point taken. How much does - oldmkvi 11:13:48 03/18/17 (1)
- RE: OK.point taken. How much does - Rod M 13:07:26 03/18/17 (0)
- What he said ^^^^^^^^^^^^ LISTEN! nt - 3+4=5 09:42:56 03/18/17 (0)
- RE: Our system would have a battery, no mention was made of - PAR 05:14:12 03/18/17 (0)
- Even though I got solar power a couple of years ago. . . - Chris from Lafayette 15:57:03 03/17/17 (9)
- RE: Even though I got solar power a couple of years ago. . . - oldmkvi 15:58:56 03/17/17 (8)
- Here are more details - Chris from Lafayette 16:17:43 03/17/17 (7)
- Thanks, someone is coming here Tues to check out our roof for solar, I have SOME Questions!!! - oldmkvi 21:45:59 03/17/17 (6)
- No battery for my system - Chris from Lafayette 01:04:31 03/18/17 (5)
- RE: No battery for my system - Rod M 13:30:35 03/19/17 (4)
- Only at night. nt - Mr. Dick Hertz 14:57:05 03/17/17 (3)
- RE: Perhaps make it sound bright? nt - kitch29 16:01:42 03/17/17 (2)
- Now that you mention it. . . (and depending on the day's weather). . . [nt] ;-) - Chris from Lafayette 16:10:21 03/17/17 (1)
- On the plus side... - Ivan303 16:42:23 03/17/17 (0)
- RE: Any potential audio problems with solar power? - Sondek 12:55:02 03/17/17 (0)