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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peajay4060 View Post
    doesn't really work that way. you design a system based on your annual consumation. use 5kW of power, get a close to a 5kW system. If you make more than you need you sell it back to the utility. the cost they buy power back from you is no where near what you pay to buy power from them so the cost/benefit for getting more than what you need installed is really worth it. unless you have land and can go real big.

    you want a fairly new roof(1 layer) before you install. no extra re inforcement needed.... if your house was built right that is. panels and racking are fairly light.

    cost of install is dependant on to many things including what type of equipment to location. contractors charge differntly on Long Island than they do where you are.
    +1 Peajay, I think we've had a similar discussion a long while back. Some folks are completely off the grid and make money off the power company because they generate more than they use. It's a great concept. More people should do it, would love to do it myself when I buy a house.

  2. #82
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    +1 Peajay, I think we've had a similar discussion a long while back. Some folks are completely off the grid and make money off the power company because they generate more than they use. It's a great concept. More people should do it, would love to do it myself when I buy a house.
    you wouldn't be off the grid. you tie into the grid. the system over produces during the day and then balances out as you draw from the utilty when it isn't working( night time and clouds etc). other wise you have to save what you're not using into batteries which is expensive and really not developed yet for everyday folks. Its called net metering. you're not really making money as much as your not paying out. the money you save by not having to pay an electric bill (here on LI its not uncommon to pay $200 to $500 a month for electricity!) pays off the cost of the system. there is upkeep too. you now own a new power source that needs tune ups just like an HVAC system but in the end its a smart move.
    Last edited by Peajay4060; Jul 29, 2014 at 07:31 PM.

  3. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    I CANNOT believe that bastard Bush approved this...oh wait.
    Obush. not George Butch.