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Old 03-03-2008, 10:05 PM
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Imho, at 6 cents per kwh electric cost it's hard to justify. Doug
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:56 AM
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Very interesting. This got me thinking if the electric companies are only willing to buy back so much (like the 10k a yr) why not size a system that could power the whole house and cut the power from the electic company so you don't pay them a dime. Don't know if this would work????
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Very interesting. This got me thinking if the electric companies are only willing to buy back so much (like the 10k a yr) why not size a system that could power the whole house and cut the power from the electic company so you don't pay them a dime. Don't know if this would work????
To do that you would have to have a large battery bank to store the energy for night and rainy days.Just a guess
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To do that you would have to have a large battery bank to store the energy for night and rainy days.Just a guess
i believe you would be correct. any updates on the system ? how did you make out thru the summer with the AC and stuff ? any issues ?
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It is very cool to watch my meter go backwards. These numbers will be different depending on the state programs and location sun wise. The state of N.J. had a rebate program but I think they use SREC's now. (solar renewable energy credits) Check out njcep.com. I'll try a quick summary. System $65K rebate$35K,$30k out of pocket. The system is 8160 watts DC, should make aprox 10,000Kwh. (48 panels 170 watts each) about $1600 worth at present local rates. There is a $2k federal tax credit. Where I do better is with the SREC's. I should get 10 a year ,they trade kind of like a stock. I figure I should get a check for about $5K a year plus I get the electric. So far this year from Jan 1, I have made more than I have used by about 180KWH. A/C in the summer will take care of that. There really is no maintenance, I have thought about cleaning the glass. I use the grid like a battery, the extra electric I make during the day I take out at night or rainy days. I might have missed some things. The picture is of the inverters.Doug
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Approx. 6 yr. pay back period...

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I was thinking about branching out my Co. for solar power.
Checked into it, and it's great thing for hoses if you live there longer then 3-5 years. FLorida is way to transient, plus fwe wanted to cover up their "nice" roof tiles. PLus then there are the condo gestapo's. Commercial application is good but costly initial investement.
Different states gives you dif. insentives.
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By U Boy - If you find anything out about Houston - PM me. As high as my roof is over the trees - I'd have a fair shot of getting the rays needed.....
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The 10K D.C limit is just a N.J. thing for the amount the state is willing to help pay for a residence. There are NO Batteries. You use the power company as a battery. ie, I made more than I used in March,April,May,June. That covered my summer A/C load. My electric bill since Jan start up have been $2.20 each month,which is the min service charge to read the meter. So far this year it has made aprox $2000.00 in electric, plus I got a check for $700 for solar energy credits (SREC) for the first few months of the year. No muss,No fuss, it's made about $2 since I got up this morning. The only downside is the money you have to put up front to do it. But I figure I'm making more than 10% on my money. Check some of the links I put up. Doug
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By U Boy - If you find anything out about Houston - PM me. As high as my roof is over the trees - I'd have a fair shot of getting the rays needed.....
TX doesn't pay you for the excess power that you feed back into the grid. Only benefit is that you don't have to pay them for what you are making yourself.

Maybe one day, but not right now.
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The question is ,do they net-meter? So far I haven't been paid for what I put into the Grid. But can you put it in than take it out as you need it? It's not cost effective to make to make to much. My house has a 2 way meter what goes in and what goes out. The differance I either pay or get credit for. Doug
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