Posted by: Adam Aston on June 24, 2009
There’s a fascinating, deep-dive on one home owner’s experience with solar energy over at ExtremeTech.com (see link below).
Loyd Case installed about 6 kw or about 27 panels on his rooftop in northern California. He writes about the installation process and what the power bill looks like: after about three weeks, it totals $11.34 and is likely to end the month at $16. If so, that will be just 5% of his $300 bill from a year before.
I get scores of questions from readers and friends in New York asking about the process of installing solar panels and what the finances look like. This write up answers a lot of those questions well. Admittedly, it’s California — one of the most aggressive markets in terms of incentives such as time of day pricing for solar. But many states including New Jersey, New York and in the South West are adopting similar policies.
Are you thinking about installing solar? If so, what’s the biggest barrier preventing you from doing so: A lack of information? Or a lack of skilled installers? Or is it the high upfront costs?
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