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Blog entry by ninefingersgrapes posted 06-03-2010 03:35 PM 8693 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now having a BP 10Kw solar array installed in back yard. I will NO longer be paying PECO 15.8 cents a KWhr, they will be paying me for my excess energy. Also thinking about wind too.
Two inverters for the two banks of solar installed on my East wall.
Array will be 130 ft long and stand 6 feet off the ground at its lowest level (SW-corner).

Home Depot is the contracting agency for the BP array. PA state is giving a 30 rebate on the installation.



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posted 06-04-2010 11:15 PM

Sounds good how long will it take for pay back with your system?

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posted 06-06-2010 07:31 PM

I really do not know!
The figures given to me were: After PA’s rebate and the Federal Income Tax credit my cost is to be 50% of the Solar.

Also given figures: 15.5 thousand saving in the first 15 years. 65 thousand savings in the next 10 years. (Chances are that I will be dead then, I am 71 yrs old).
Projected energy saving at 1940 dollars a year at PECO’s newly requested rate.
And a increase of 39 thousand dollars in my home/estate.

My big desire (was) is not paying PECO their requested 60% increase in electrical rates over their present 15.8 cents/Kwhr.

Sorry this is the best info I have. I can, however, bad mouth Home Depot, they were to provide ‘free’ coverage of the amt of the PA-rebate for a year, but when the bill was presented, they denied $18,000, only allowing $5000. When I get my PA rebate, i will forever sever any and all ties(business/contractual/personal) with & to Home Depot.

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posted 06-07-2010 12:21 AM

Hmmm, sounds like a great investment. Since you don’t know exactly how much they will raise their rates each year, your payback could actually be within the first 5 to 10 years.

Of course, if someone were able to design, build and install their own system, the payback could be as quick as a couple of years, depending on how they went about the design and build.

Adding wind is good in some areas, but you should really check to see what your wind index is to see if it is worth the money. They can cost quite a bit, with little return, in some instances.

I am going to research and try to design my own system, if possible.

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posted 06-16-2010 01:47 AM

I just saw a portable solor generator. That’s right, a generator. I have researched and I think it is buildable by myself for half the cose. I might even try to build it into my truck, then I can advertise that my company is going “green”

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