This is a grid tied system, so power goes back and forth between me
and TEP. When the sun is high and the air conditioner is not running
then I supply power to the grid. Otherwise, the grid supplies me.
TEP installed a dual-reading meter; it shows how much energy left my
house, and how much energy was delivered to my house. The latter is a
cupla thousand kilowatt hours less than the former. (That's since
installation almost two years ago.)
My system cost about $20,000, but there was a rebate from TEP, plus
state & federal tax credits, so my out-of-pocket cost was about $8000.
Prices are lower now, although the rebate is also lower. You can
also lease the system now, rather than buy it, if you prefer.
My system is nominally 4.6 KW. There are 20 panels on the roof & an
inverter in the garage. The contractor was TFS (Technicians for
Sustainablility). The inverter is by AlsoEnergy. The panels are by
On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Roy <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hey Mitchell,
> Can you give specifics on your system, How much it cost you total including
> installation? You are using the grid I assume in the evening, is that being
> offset by the energy you are producing during the day? is that why you are
> only paying $7.95 a Month?
>> Subject: Re: [alternativeenergy-224] Book suggestion?
>> From: [address removed]
>> To: [address removed]
>> Date: Wed, 27 Jun[masked]:18:33 -0400
>> I just got my June electric bill in the email. I was pleasantly
>> surprised that it was still at the minimum monthly charge of $7.95.
>> So it seems that my 4.6 KW PV system covers all of my electricity,
>> including air conditioning. I had thought that I would have to spend
>> more than that for June & July.
>> On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Rohn Brown <[address removed]>
>> > I just finished a book which I believe may be of interest to the Solar
>> > Society since the author makes a strong argument for using Solar Energy
>> > and
>> > why it must be considered. The book is "The Third Industrial Revolution"
>> > by
>> > Jeremy Rifkin. If anyone reads the book please let me know if you agree
>> > (or
>> > even disagree) with the premise of the book. Also, if enough people
>> > (more
>> > than two?) do read it, think it is worthwhile and want to discuss it, I
>> > could host a MeetUp discussion. Let me know.
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