Going Solar (goodbye SCE)

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by Ron-P, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    I've decided to ditch Southern California Edison and go solar! Their rates are getting out of hand and keep climbing every year with no end in sight.

    After 6+ months of research, contractors and quotes it was time to lock it down and get the process started.

    After my Federal Tax Credit of 30% I'll be paying about $14k, installed. It's a 6.2kW system. All solid black, non-reflective panels made in Oregon. System comes with a 25 year warranty, including monitoring. My basic electrical will drop nearly $100 a month and as soon as I pay off the system (5 year goal), no more electrical costs!

    Anyone else have solar?
  2. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    I don't have it but I am jealous. Sounds awesome. Our electric provider does give us the option of getting our power from their solar farm.
  3. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    They always ask me if I pay over $100/mo and I don't so I never bothered.
  4. Rick C

    Rick C Active Member

    Just my wife and I with a 4kw system. It is a new home that we have lived in the for just 6 months. So far all our electrical needs have been met by the 15 panels.
  5. Phil A

    Phil A Well-Known Member Top Poster

    I had solar put in while the house was going up a few years back and the panels are integrated into the roof tiles. Still attached to the grid (with a bi-directional meter) and if I turned off the pool pump it would probably be around even (believe mine was a 8.6kw system). Not much rain in the past few weeks (this time of year) and my projected monthly bill as of today on March 14th is $19.80. It is more during the summer. Below is a pic of the side of the house from about 3 years back when they were completing it.

    FL solar panels.jpg
  6. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    My system is 14Kw because we need a lot of A/C here in the desert. After one year on the roof, my net energy usage is in my favor (the utility owes me $500.)
  7. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    Is that Solar City that you are going with? Last year July SC quoted me $7688 after credits for a 4kW system.
  8. Phil Rose

    Phil Rose Member

    I read that the state of Nevada changed the laws to charge solar customers for infrastructure maintenance and the bottom dropped out of the market at the end of 2015.

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  9. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Congrats to those of you who have successfully integrated solar into your lives. :2tu:

    But the real question remains: how does your audio rig sound now?
  10. murrayb

    murrayb Active Member War Zone Member

    You'd think with solar polar, audio systems would sound very bright. :)
  11. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    Better than ever, but I know it's pure placebo effect because the electricity is free. :)
  12. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    Not just it's free it is bleached and sanitized by the uv components of the rays. :)
  13. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member War Zone Member


    The power generating companies have too much influence on their legislature. I understand FL is going the way way, FPL is working hard to prevent widespread solar adoption. Only if they would be smart enough to let their customers generate and sell them the extra at a bulk rate they could save on building more power stations and big grids and provide more reliable supply.
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  14. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member War Zone Member

  15. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

  16. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    I did have them out for a quote, they were just over $30,000 to purchase a system from them. I do not want to lease, so that was not an option! I found a place close by that sells all the gear, provides the plans...etc. I went with them and hired a contractor for the install. More than half the price of Solar City.
  17. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    Like Ron, I was uninterested in a lease. I got quotes from Solar City and from Vivint Solar, both at about $15K more than buying the parts and having a contractor install it ended up costing. I got all my panels, inverters and mounting gear from a place in SoCal called EcoDirect. http://www.ecodirect.com/
  18. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    I went with Home Solar Dave. Same type of company that you did. My friends used them a couple of years ago and loved the experience.
  19. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    That's the way to do it!
  20. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I'll be joining the club too me thinks, I have a contractor coming over Wednesday to take a look. Just going to be small (3 KW) as I don't use that much.

    I'll let you know!

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