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Solar Power

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Dice, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Dice

    Dice Active Member

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    Ok so i thought about getting a solar power system for my house.

    Found this : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1YEXSM3AQCEWXFR9XA9F

    Each of those panels produces 123 Watts. Does that mean .123 kWh for each panel? Figuring 5 hours of Sunlight and 10 of these panels. Thats 1.23 kWh * 5 = 184.5 kilowatts per month.

    So assuming I use about 2000 kWh per month that would save me a whopping 10% on my electric bill. And thats with 10 Panels! Not even close to worth it.

    Is my Math correct?
     
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  3. SqueeGee

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    That is an "off grid" system and it costs over $8 per watt(without mounting hardware!). You're right, for that price, it's wayyyyyyyy too expensive.

    I've done quite a bit of research and am very close to doing a 10KW grid tied system for our new shop. This requires that you are able to get a net meter with your power company. Without mounting hardware and installing it myself, I'm at $18,500 for the panels, inverters, and combiner boxes ($1.85/watt).

    Here's where I'm looking to get our panels:

    http://sunelec.com/
     
  4. SqueeGee

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    I watched the story on 60 minutes about this and it really is amazing but still probably several years away from being available to the Average Joe.
     
  5. Mosh

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    I have looked into this and plan to wait another 5 years or so. Technology is going to make solar way cheaper and easier for the average person. the guy down the raod from me has a 75' wind turbine, $20,000 and it only does 40% of his monthly power. My electricity bill at home is only $100 a month, so can't see doing that.
     
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