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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    I looked at going solar a few months ago. A system to meet my needs with out storage was $50,000 and that would save me $2,000 a year in electricity. Solar PV is cheaper than it was, but still much more than fossil fuel generated electricity.
    Well, you must have a larger than normal house because the average is from $15,000-$25,000. Granted, that's after the federal tax deductions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Well, you must have a larger than normal house because the average is from $15,000-$25,000. Granted, that's after the federal tax deductions.
    I have also checked into solar and it does not make economic sense for me, either.

    My average sized house will take at least 15 years to break even with solar.

    Plus I was estimated to need a new roof in less than 10 years, and that was going to be an added expense.

    It depends on the climate in your area, how your house is oriented, trees in close proximity, angle of the roof...lots of factors.

    It still does not make economic sense for me.

    When it DOES make economic sense, I will be one of the first to sign up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Well, you must have a larger than normal house because the average is from $15,000-$25,000. Granted, that's after the federal tax deductions.
    Add the 30% and installation and you are at $40k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    Add the 30% and installation and you are at $40k.
    My local solar company figured in the gubmint tax deductions and it STILL didn't make sense.

    My installation was figured in, but the cost of removing it, and reinstalling it, if I got my roof replaced was YUUUUGE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    Maybe on a remote island in the Caribbean, but not true in the continental US.
    I live in the San Francisco Bay area. You can take your trump attitudes and leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    I looked at going solar a few months ago. A system to meet my needs with out storage was $50,000 and that would save me $2,000 a year in electricity. Solar PV is cheaper than it was, but still much more than fossil fuel generated electricity.

    It is very expensive to generate electricity on islands, so solar PV is economical in those places, while electricity is cheap here in the US.
    Where do you live Alaska?
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    My house was 18,000 and that was complete done deal. When i need to replace the asphalt shingles in 35 years plus or minus the system does no come off or even moved as the shingles no subject to sun do not deteriorate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by April15 View Post
    Where do you live Alaska?
    Nope. But I have heat pumps with electric resistance auxiliary heat that ups my demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by April15 View Post
    My house was 18,000 and that was complete done deal. When i need to replace the asphalt shingles in 35 years plus or minus the system does no come off or even moved as the shingles no subject to sun do not deteriorate.
    How many kw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    My local solar company figured in the gubmint tax deductions and it STILL didn't make sense.

    My installation was figured in, but the cost of removing it, and reinstalling it, if I got my roof replaced was YUUUUGE!
    Depends on a lot of issues. We still have a few towns here where panels on your roof is considered an eyesore and "detrimental to property values." So they have to go on the property instead and often times there isn't enough room. Some areas still charge excessive fees and such for solar as well. Its best to check where you live first.

    "Utilities argue that because transmission costs—for line maintenance, tree trimming, and emergency crews, for instance—have traditionally been paid by the kilowatt-hour, solar customers aren’t contributing their fair share. Without changes such as fixed charges for distribution and transmission, paying lower prices for surplus electricity generated by homes with solar panels, or assessing monthly demand charges to solar customers, “everyone else subsidizes the solar customer,” he says."

    How Utilities Are Fighting Back on Solar Power - Consumer Reports

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