System Size: 11.70 kW
Production: 12,951 kWh annually
Environmental Impact: 18,650 lbs. of C02 offset annually
Means of purchase: Cash Purchase, expected ROI 6-8 years.
Average electric bill before solar: $200-$250/month
Monthly electric bill after solar: $2.40 for delivery. Craig has a spreadsheet with all of last year’s monthly electric and compared it to this year to determine his savings.
Tax benefit: 30% of total install cost
Panels: (39) Silfab 300 watt solar modules
Inverter: (1) SolarEdge 11400 US Inverter
Optimizer: (39) SolarEdge P400 Optimizers
Questions & Answers
Motivation for installing solar panels: “It was a combination of saving money and going a little bit green. I had been thinking about it for a few years and started talking to a lot of people about it. The only people who had any regrets had done a lease and just found it wasn’t what they expected - not that the solar wasn’t working. Also, I knew that we would be in the house long enough to see it recuperate. I track the savings, so when I go to sell I can show them that it will save on electric and increase home value.”
Considerations in choosing Green Power Energy as installer: “Greg (sales person) was a consideration, he was being straight with me, not pushy. He took the time and answered all the questions. When I had additional questions, he answered with no high-pressured sales. He just laid out the facts for me."
Overall Solar Experience
“It’s been great, no regrets. It was a large purchase. You’re always a little nervous when you are putting out that much money, but after the first year I’m sure it was the right choice.”
“The green aspect is important too, I like seeing on one of the websites (monitoring website) it shows the number of trees that are saved and that’s a neat little feature. It confirms that it’s helping the environment too which I do like, it’s kind of a win-win situation”
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