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Posted by Sac Dave on October 25, 2008, 8:36 pm
 
My Wife and I our considering Solar to offset our high electric bill. We
live in the Sacramento area of Ca. and are under the rule of PG&E. We have
gotten one estimate so far for recommended  5.96 KW AC system . 30 panels
( sunpower  SPR-225-BLK-U)  one inverter ( sunpower SPR-7000m) the company
is Solorcity The bib is for $3,842.66  Now what they are doing is saying we
get a $0,000 rebate from PG&E  the after the singing of the new Federal
bailout we would also get a Fed tax credit of $2923.10 . So It will cost me
about $0,000 most people are saying they are just adding the rebate and tax
credit to the bib and just making that much more profit for their pocket. So
dose anyone have an opinion from their experience of what a system this size
should cost?  I don't think it's woth it myself.



Posted by Mauried on October 25, 2008, 9:13 pm
 
wrote:


It isnt.
Solar installation costs are extreme, amounting to around 30% of the
total cost.
Going Solar is about the worst way possible to offset a high
electricity bill.
You are much better off in looking at why your electrixity bill is so
high and then taking steps to reduce the consumption, rather than
making more electricity yourself.
Look at Solar Hot water heating , and better insulation for a start.


Posted by Sac Dave on October 25, 2008, 10:15 pm
 

I am also considering doing the installation myself . (Journeyman carpenter
& plumber  B contractor license)



I'm thinking about doing a thankless water heater. Hot water on demand they
really haven't caught on.
Like I say I just considering Solar as one  option. It's not looking to good
.



Posted by Martin Riddle on October 25, 2008, 11:04 pm
 
|
| >
| > It isnt.
| > Solar installation costs are extreme, amounting to around 30% of the
| > total cost.
|
| I am also considering doing the installation myself . (Journeyman
carpenter
| & plumber  B contractor license)
|
|
| > Going Solar is about the worst way possible to offset a high
| > electricity bill.
| > You are much better off in looking at why your electrixity bill is
so
| > high and then taking steps to reduce the consumption, rather than
| > making more electricity yourself.
| > Look at Solar Hot water heating , and better insulation for a start.
|
|
| I'm thinking about doing a thankless water heater. Hot water on demand
they
| really haven't caught on.
| Like I say I just considering Solar as one  option. It's not looking
to good
| .

Thermal solar has a much shorter payback time and cost less than PV.

Cheers



Posted by Eeyore on October 26, 2008, 11:56 pm
 

Martin Riddle wrote:


Much better but still sensitive to location.

Graham


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