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Old 11-06-2012, 09:40 PM   #26
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I wonder how all of the numbers would work out with the subsidies? In other words, without the govt taking my money and giving it to you to pay for the panels, would you still do it and what would the payback look like then?

I had a 20K budget for it, so yes I would have still done it, but the payback would been 10 years @ $270 a month instead of $135 a month..

either way still better off than the $400 or so I have been paying monthly for electric most of this year, plus with the approved 12% hike that goes into affect for us Jan 1, I would be close to $450 a month..

As it stands I will not be affected by the rate hike.


I allocated $20K for this, would have been done with or without the gov't rebates, the rebates will actually just be rolled directly into the principle of my HELOC loan so I can pay it off in 5 years instead of 10.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #27
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If those solar panels can't be affected by an electro-magnetic pulse (the type that will knock out the power grid to an entire country...)...then you should get those panels...
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:11 AM   #28
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If those solar panels can't be affected by an electro-magnetic pulse (the type that will knock out the power grid to an entire country...)...then you should get those panels...

the panels themselves will probably not be affected by EMP, it would be the inverters connected to them that are, seeing as they are electronic circuit board based devices.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #29
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the panels themselves will probably not be affected by EMP, it would be the inverters connected to them that are, seeing as they are electronic circuit board based devices.
We already have the technology to block emps. The military is just hoarding it. Think about it, how would satellites still be operational if we didn't?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #30
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We already have the technology to block emps. The military is just hoarding it. Think about it, how would satellites still be operational if we didn't?

a faraday cage will completely shield and block emp, no military hoarding there, you can build one yourself, the problem is that it would also completely block the solar panels making them useless.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #31
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We already have the technology to block emps. The military is just hoarding it. Think about it, how would satellites still be operational if we didn't?
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You do know we lose satellites every year due to emp pulses.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #32
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bump..


my electric bill came in today.. -$66.89 yup I made $66.89 more than I used.. gotta love SoCal.. March was a good sun month.. Since Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb put me @ $120 balance (only pay yearly now) this months reduced me to $54 balance.. and so far for the 2 days of my new cycle I am @ a -$28, so I should have some good credit this month.


Since the loan on the panels is $128/mo technically that is my electric bill, but if this system can generate an equal credit in the month I break even.. Free power.

Have to say I am very pleased with my decision to put the panels on my home.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #33
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I hope that I have that kind of return.....I just signed up to get a 25KW system on our house...Electric bill averages $330 monthly to $600 in the summer. We have a 5 ton and an 8 ton Geothermal unit....4330 sq feet......1800 sq feet garage....The system cost $75,000 minus $50,000 utility company rebate..plus 30% tax credit that can carry over until at least 2016....so it could be free if you owe taxes at the end of the year. I was able to get the cost lowered to out of pocket of $15,000 plus any tax credit I might be able to use. Then there is also SERC that can play a roll in helping. I hope that it will be installed before summer hits!
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:45 AM   #34
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I'm about to pull the trigger on a solar package for my Arizona home as well! My neighbors has had his for about 6 months and averages $15 a month and that's with a pool ! He credits reducing bill to switching all lights to LEDs and to smart power strips that that conserve energy and his smart thermostats to switch. AC / heat on at set periods.

He predicts his first summer with the system the meter will be going backwards !

Our homes are almost identical in size around 4400 sq ft !
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:42 PM   #35
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You do know we lose satellites every year due to emp pulses.
Any links to this? Solar radiation from CME's and Flares definatly play a big part in our satellite longevity. Curious about the emp source.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #36
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my electric bill came in today.. -$66.89 yup I made $66.89 more than I used.. gotta love SoCal.. March was a good sun month.. Since Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb put me @ $120 balance (only pay yearly now) this months reduced me to $54 balance.. and so far for the 2 days of my new cycle I am @ a -$28, so I should have some good credit this month.


Since the loan on the panels is $128/mo technically that is my electric bill, but if this system can generate an equal credit in the month I break even.. Free power.

Have to say I am very pleased with my decision to put the panels on my home.
Over the last 9 months, my total electric bill is right at $1000. Not bad where i was averaging 3.5 times that much last year.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:42 AM   #37
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My dads gunna freak out when I show him this lol
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:31 AM   #38
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Even that the cost of the solar feed system is high but you can get a lot of benefits when you installed that like bill saving in future and also don't have any short fall.I also installed solar panel with my security system so that would not be clashed for a second.
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