Who wouldn’t love to say goodbye to their electric bill (or most of it) and get your electricity from the sun?
I think I would, but the high cost, the complexity, the fact that it always seems like the next big breakthrough in solar is just around the corner (will I be stuck with clunky outdated equipment for the life of the system?) makes me pull away every time I start to research my options.
Could I do it myself?
Will prices ever take that significant dip everyone’s always talking about?
Will it damage my house, tear up my roof, look out-of-place?
Would a smaller system that only replaced part of the household electricity be worthwhile?
I’m less concerned about the appearance than the other factors, but my south-facing roof shows to the street side of the house and I don’t want to upset the neighbors.
So I remain in analysis paralysis, occasionally getting the bug again and conducting a small flurry of research before becoming discouraged and bogged down again.
The latest analysis I had done was for an 11.8 kW system consisting of 43 panels (that sounds like a LOT of panels to me), a 10000 Solar Edge inverter, Solar Edge Optimizers and System.
Gross cost before incentives $32,995
Net cost after incentives $23,097
Net savings over 20 years $21,225
Average monthly bill $2
There’s a lot about the above that I don’t understand. OK, most of it is beyond me.
Mostly I see the bottom line, and it gives me heartburn. I’m waiting for the invisible solar that costs a tenth of the current prices. And for installation to become local–$1500 of the price is travel and lodging for the installation professionals.
Have you flirted with solar?
Do you have solar?
I’d love your thoughts, experiences, and advice.
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