Any recommendations on a good "calculator" style page for that? BTW, Solar City isn't in my state (yet?).
Robert.Boston covered how common solar systems work. Lloyd referenced time of day metering/payment. For my system I still use more juice than I produce, but I pay once per year and it isn't too much. The cells are paying for themselves nicely and I'm looking 5-10 years down the line for replacing/upgrading with new technology.
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I calculated that in order to generate enough electricity to drive my Model S 12,000 miles per year, I would need to install a 2.5 kWh solar system. That is about 12 panels. You can get a grid-tied solar DIY kit of this size for $8-10K. And with Federal tax credits, California rebates, etc. figure an additional 30% off that price.
Here is a good website with online pricing for DIY solar kits: www.solarpanelsonline.org
It has a much better solar calculator as well.
Last edited by mulder1231; 2012-07-08 at 10:38 PM.
Twilight Blue Roadster 2.5 - #1098 / Grey Model S Performance - #1459
Yeah, that calculator I linked isn't accurate. $110,000 for an average home's use to go 100% solar is at least double I think.
SolarCity will start installation of the system on my roof tomorrow morning. It's 20 yr lease. My house is about 5000 sq ft. The system will cover 85-100% of my needs. The cost is $8800. I leave in Los Angeles area.
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