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From RVs, cabins to a large homes, SOLAR ELECTRIC can provide you with FREE electricity for many years to come if you understand HOW it works and WHERE to obtain proper supplies.
In our guide we will explain the process of understanding solar and how to to obtain maximum rebates, incentives and show you how and WHERE to shop smart.
We will provide you with up to date contact information to discount suppliers, links to training videos and tutorials.
If you’re considering a Solar Panel (PV) installation and you’re not sure where to start , we suggest you begin by reading our guide :
Now, if you’ve decided to go solar and have already begun to install and want to make sure you’ve got it all right, contact Easy Solar and for a small fee, I will consult with you, find out what your needs are, then suggest custom design solutions that will accomplish your goals.
Our guide covers all areas, from the beginning design stages to helping you understand the proper installation process.
Your accomplishment will provide a great deal of pride and satisfaction, and will generate free, clean, renewable energy for the next 30 plus years! Also your experience will allow you to help family and friends when the time comes.
DIY solar is NOT about building home made modules, it IS about using high quality, commercially available components and providing your own labor.
DIY solar is not for everyone, but for those who are practical, determined and budget minded you CAN do it with proper guidance and support.
If you are a homeowner and want to get the best price from a solar installation contractor, we recommend you read our guide also, it could save you THOUSANDS of dollars.
You can find the average electricity rates for each state by visiting ElectricChoice.com.
Before we begin, lets define how we buy electricity and how it is measured.
We purchase our electricity by the KWh which stands for Kilo Watt Hour, which means 1000 Watts of power, continuous for one hour of time.
Here in Indianapolis, Indiana our electricity rate is .11 cents per KWh.
We are fortunate to live in a state with abundant coal resources and therefore cheap electric rates, However the trade off is high carbon emissions which we all know is not good for the environment. Solution: A solar installation on your home, constantly generating electricity which is renewable, reliable and with zero emissions!
In many areas in the US, they have very high electricity rates as high as .30 cents per KWh. Now if that pricing structure were to be instituted here in our location, our electricity prices would be shy high, imagine that if your rate now is .10 cents KWh and prices were to go to .20 cents KWh that means our electric bills would double! This information is not meant to scare you but to inform you about what to expect in the near future. US law makers continues to place new stricter limits on coal burning electricity power plants and sometimes making it impossible for them to comply with new standards therefore these power producers must find new ways to clean their emissions or shut down, this costs the power facilities a lot of money and they must in turn raise their rates.
What I am getting at is the cost of electricity will go up significantly in the near future.
I will now explain how we can be better prepared for the future. Most often the money saved by investing in solar outweighs other investment opportunities.
For simplicity, lets assume our cost per KWh is 10 cents. Lets say we install a 4K (kilowatts) system for approximately $9,000. (every installation is different this price may not be typical, give us a call for an accurate estimate)
In Indianapolis, Indiana where Easy Solar is located, we get about 4.2 "peak sun hours" per day.
(There is more daylight but we are measuring direct sunlight to our solar module array)
So our array will generate 4,000 watts X 4.2 Peak Sun Hours / 1000 = 17 KWh each day.
17 KWh x .10 cents = $1.70, So at todays electricity prices this equates $1.70 worth of electricity per day.
For the year this will be 365 days x $1.70 per day = $620.00 savings per year.
So lets figure out how long before we break even on our investment.
$9,000 system cost / $620 savings per year = 14.5 years to break even.
At this point you may be thinking: "it's going to take 15 years just to break even"
Now we factor in the tax credits and other local incentive rebates.
On a $9,000 solar panel system the federal tax credit is 30% or $2,700.
So $9,000 - $2,700 = $6,300. Now that figure is:
$6,300 system cost after tax credit / $620 per year = 10 Years to break even.
You may also qualify for other local rebates up to $4000. If that is the case than your cost comes down to $2,300.
$2,300 total system cost / $620 savings per year = 4 years to break even.
Remember all these figures are based off todays electricity prices, when the cost of our electricity does go up, it will change all our figures dramatically in your favor.
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HELPS you AVOID PITFALLS and SCAMS, Here is just one example of the information you will receive:
It is unfortunate that some solar professionals in the industry today do not always provide all the facts to potential customers. Failure to disclose this important information to the homeowner often results in the installer over stating the performance of a given system and then the homeowners being disappointed with the results of their solar panel system and their investment. One example of this is : No solar panel installation is 100% efficient, there are many factors that will contribute to a less than perfect overall system, they include, the module array placement, angle, temperature, potential shading from trees, dirt etc. All these must be looked at and carefully calculated to accurately determine a systems overall efficiency. A realistic average system efficiency percentage is 85% , so all of the above mentioned financial figures should be de-rated by approximately 15%.
A Word of Caution: On the other side of the coin, I also want to mention that many families after having their system installed and commissioned tend to become relaxed with their energy usage, leaving appliances and lighting on now that they would never have done before. We must stay diligent and conscience of our energy usage habits.
Home Efficiency: Before you consider Photovoltaics, you should first ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. This means things like enough insulation in your walls and ceilings, tight window and door seals and proper attic ventilator. (also keep an eye on LED light bulb prices they are becoming very affordable)
After maximizing our energy efficiency and a quality solar installation, then we will be well on our way to reducing or eliminating our energy bills for the next 30 years.
Cost Per Watt aka Cents Per Watt(CPW): The number one question we get from most people considering solar is "how much does a system cost" ? And my answer always is..... "it comes down to price per watt"
The cost of solar panels and the remaining balance of system parts have dropped significantly over the last couple years. Material costs alone have dropped from $6/watt to around $2.00 per watt. From a DIY standpoint, this means that you can install a complete 1000 watt solar panel system at a material cost of around $2,000.
A 1000 watt solar module array is just Four 250 watt solar panels !
This very same 1000 watt system could be quoted by other installers as high as $4,000 to $6,000. The reasons for these high prices is almost always the high operational cost and overhead costs that a dealer must cover. So their pricing must be inflated drastically. Some companies have higher costs than others and you may find a very large range of prices.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PURCHASE AND STUDY OUR GUIDE TO SOLAR "EXPERT ADVICE AND INDUSTRY SECRETS"
If you are a DIY installer OR if you are a homeowner considering getting estimates from a solar company, you NEED this information.
A recent email from one of our customers: "This is a great book, I have spent a lot of money on other books, and this one is better than all of them put together. thanks for making it. Terry"
Once you have done your homework and are armed with this powerful information about solar you will then be able to make cost effective decisions that you will be very happy with.
Henry Walton has been providing quality solar Information and design assistance for several years and has hundreds of satisfied customers!