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Posted by alkiremx5 on July 28, 2012, 10:51 pm
I'm in Maryland and have had a SolarCity installation up and running since =
May.  Not having the $$ to put down for full ownership, and I guess too laz=
y or risk-averse to purchase a full system through loans and subsidies, I w=
as intrigued by the SolarCity lease plans.  Bottom line, after an initial a=
nalysis and presentation of alternatives (4 in all), we choose to go with a=
 lease plan with a payment that we were comfortable with, but not breaking =
the bank.  To be clear, you can do an SC lease with $, but there are drawb=
acks.  The monthly payment is higher.  There is an escalation in payments (=
5% I think, I'm not clear on the details since we didn't do that one.).  Li=
fetime savings are less than with one of the initial payment plans.  They d=
id offer a plan whereby you buy the system.  Total figure seemed a bit high=
, I assume they are pushing for lease.  

Overall, a very good experience and good results.  A few details:  our hous=
e (small) is pretty much ideal for solar, with an angled roof facing south,=
 free of shadows most of the days.  Our systems is 5.8 Kw, grid-tied, with =
net metering through Pepco.  We are producing about 30 KwH most sunny summe=
r days, 33 is the max so far.  Sadly, out energy usage (with near-record he=
at and humidity)  is more, of course.  But we are going to get an energy au=
dit from SC to see what improvements we can make.  Just FYI, our ac unit is=
 over 20 years old, so I know we can do better.  And even on these hot days=
, I notice that the panels are keeping up with the ac consumption during da=
ylight hours, for the most part.

Our goal was not to wring the most savings out of solar, but to go solar an=
d be a bit greener, within our means and lifestyle.  SC offers a way to do =
this and save a bit of money at the same time.  The amount of savings over =
the lease period (20 years) will depend on how much Pepco raises the electr=
ic rates.  Anyone betting that increases will be low?  The nice thing about=
 the SC arrangement is that they supply everything, do everything, and are =
responsible for everything.  I have a very nice Solar Edge inverter, an SC-=
provided web interface with which I can monitor production in 30-minute int=
ervals, with history by day, month, year and lifetime.  

I would be happy to answer questions.

Slight rant:  I was happy to find this forum but obviously it is not modera=
ted to eliminate the spam; and there's not much discussion.  I suspect that=
 one has something to do with the other.  Anyway, I'm glad to be here and g=
ood luck with everyone's projects.  

Posted by Lu Wei on August 5, 2012, 5:12 am
On 2012-7-29 6:51, alkiremx5@verizon.net wrote:

I'd like to know how many panels you installed, the panel specs
(manufacturer, type, Peak Watt at STP and NOCT, No. of cells, cell type,

Lu Wei
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Posted by Lu Wei on August 5, 2012, 5:24 am
 On 2012-8-5 13:12, Lu Wei wrote:

And the price of panel, if that could be bought.

Lu Wei
PGP key ID: 0x92CCE1EA

Posted by islaysteve on August 5, 2012, 11:26 pm
Lu,  There are 27 panels; Kyocera 215 watt.  I believe you can get the specs at
Kyocera's website.  I'm sorry but I don't know the prices.  Hope this helps,

Posted by Lu Wei on August 6, 2012, 5:21 am
 On 2012-8-6 7:26, islaysteve wrote:

at Kyocera's website.  I'm sorry but I don't know the prices.  Hope this helps,

Which panel do you use? In
Black panel or blue? Are there 54 cells per panel?

Lu Wei
PGP key ID: 0x92CCE1EA

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