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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    Do the panels produce 110V AC or 12 volt DC? Gary
    Afaik, all solar panels only produce DC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantuckkeean View Post
    PM sent. We had to pay 20% up front and 80% after it went operational... Although they haven't sent the second invoice yet.

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    Are there any incentives or money paid by either the power company or the govt to help offset the expense?
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    As far as roofs go I have had my roof replaced 3 times in 25 years here in Florida where I live. 2 hurricanes and a really bad hail storm so I guess insurance would cover the repair/replace on the panels.
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    When you produce excess electricity does your power company buy the excess? When I looked into it my power company won't pay for the excess. (Lawton ,OK area.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by newnan man View Post
    Are there any incentives or money paid by either the power company or the govt to help offset the expense?
    Yes. There is a federal tax incentive. 26% of the cost of the panels and 22% on the cost of the battery. The tax incentive started at 30% several years ago for individuals producing less than their total usage and was set to decrease to 26% after a few years, then to 22% this year. However, the COVID relief bill that was passed in December kept the 26% in place if the system is producing prior to the end of 2021 (I believe it extended the 26% for just one year). The battery incentive wasn't included in that though so we'll get 26% for the panels but only 22% for the battery when we file. Our electric provider will pay us $0.027/kWh that we send to the grid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golddigger14s View Post
    When you produce excess electricity does your power company buy the excess? When I looked into it my power company won't pay for the excess. (Lawton ,OK area.)
    Our provider pays us $0.027/kWh that we send to the grid. However, they charge us $0.109/kWh that we draw from the grid, so we'll try to utilize the solar and battery as much as possible by doing laundry, dishes, showers, etc. when the sun is shining. Yesterday, we sent 10.4 kWh to the grid and only drew 0.4kWh from the grid. Some providers actually bank the excess kWh produced at 1:1, which is much more favorable for the small producer, since they're essentially using the grid as a "free" battery.

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    I think that the trick to making solar viable is to forget the inverter and start manufacturing DC appliances. If you gat a DC coffee maker you don't need an invertor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckshot View Post
    I think that the trick to making solar viable is to forget the inverter and start manufacturing DC appliances. If you gat a DC coffee maker you don't need an invertor.
    Would probably work well for local production. I'll let you know how viable our system is after I have an entire year's worth of data. So far though, I'm impressed with it's ability to keep up with our demands and to produce electricity even when it's overcast. Systems in Indiana will of course perform differently than systems in say, Texas, sunny California, or more southern latitudes. Also, the alignment of our root is ESE-WNW, so we put the bulk of the panels on the ESE face.

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    Thanks for the pms and answering my questions. I would like to keep track off all the monies in and out, plz.

    I drove past a big fenced off solar panel farm? a few days ago. South of sterling Colorado if anybody want to look at with satellite view.

 

 
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