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Discussion in 'Environment' started by Spoonman, Jan 18, 2013.

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    I installed solar on my house about 3 years ago. It's something I had always wanted to do, had researched a lot and really ran the numbers. So after 3 years I have to say I'm even a bigger fan of it seeing the results. I installed a 10k system, which is the largest residential system you can recieve full credits for. My annual demand in an all electric house is about 7.5 KW a year. I've been producing on average about 12 KW a year. I added some more efficient fixtures and insulation. The goal was to be net zero, and ii've well surpassed that. the system will pay itself off during this year.

    I just don't understand why solar doesn't get more support in the US. It's running strong in europe. There is no doubt it works and the technology is only getting better. Not to mention the fact that the USA is missing out on a huge growth manufacturing market. The chinese now own the panel production, the germans the technology and inverters. We are really missing the boat.

    I have no more utilitiy bills. in fact i'm selling excess back to the grid.
     
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    when the germans started buying back solar power at an inflated price they found to their shock that some of the power was coming in at.....night! hahahaha it was so profitable to run a fuel generator back into the grid that a few dunces couldnt resist getting a little extra in.
     
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    how much was your last utility bill? mine was a $78 credit
     
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    All that prevents the renewables from becoming a primary grid source is grid scale energy storage. And that may have been solved already;

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    However, at this time, for the individual household, the grid parallel solar system is the best answer, with the grid acting as your battery system. And, yes, install more than you need. The reap the benefits as Spoonman has.
     
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    Solar paint - Your Walls Can Turn Heat Into Electricity...
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    If you don't mind my asking, how many bedrooms does your house have and, roughly, what was the total investment required for your solar system? Could you also characterize your location: ie, do you run a lot of cooling or a lot of heating?
     
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    What was the all inclusive cost of the system?
     
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    'Investment', not 'cost'.
     
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    Capital cost not investment.
     
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    Since he's currently making a net positive return off of it, I'd say "investment" is the proper term.
     
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