System Size: 17.28 kW
Production: 18,802 kWh annually
Environmental Impact: 27,074 lbs. of C02 offset annually
Means of purchase: Cash, outright purchase.
Average electric bill before solar: “$650 in summer, $400 in winter”
Monthly electric bill after solar: $5 month.
Return on Investment: $1400 per year in SRECs helps. Less than 10 year.
Tax benefit: Filed recently, and claimed the tax credit.
Panels: (48) Hyundai 360 watt solar panels.
Inverter: (2) SolarEdge 7600 Inverters.
Optimizer: (48) SolarEdge P400 Optimizers.
Questions & Answers
Motivation for installing solar panels: “What originally got me thinking was podcasts I would listen to on my commute that talked about solar. ‘Planet Money’ and another one called ‘Direct Current.’ This was before I owned the home, but I knew then it was possible. Before solar my bill was about $4,500/year. At the time was doing some bitcoin mining, and had my own servers running, so I thought with the house’s exposure it would be a good idea to have free electricity.”
How did you hear about Green Power Energy: “My father found GPE on the internet as ‘the top solar installer.’ I was talking to (another company) who was not interested in selling system outright.”
Considerations in choosing Green Power Energy as installer: " Being able to purchase outright. It was a good deal, the price was lower than the competitor. Because of the outright purchase through Green Power Energy, if in 5 years I want to move, I don’t want to have to negotiate with the seller. It’s part of the house, it’s done.”
Experience with permitting and installation process: “I signed up in February, and took about 3-4 months to get live. It was seamless, I didn’t have to do anything. I did not have a bad experience, to be honest. In Livingston, a lot of people have solar panels on their home so the town was very good with it.”
Overall Solar Experience
“It’s been a fantastic experience. I have a smaller bill, free renewable energy from the sun, reduced emissions, and I have a cool technological house. And Green Power Energy has been good. We did have an inverter go bad, and GPE fixed it during Christmas week!”
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