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Old 07-30-2020, 07:01 PM   #1
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Guy made a pitch. We've looked at the $60K finance your panels option before and said no.
Like the solar option but deciding which is the question.
Any experience out there with them?

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Old 07-30-2020, 07:10 PM   #2
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No experiance with the panels so no help there. I am curious if you are looking for a full home power system?? Was the $60 K quote for the whole system to include panels, batteries misc. necessary devices and install??
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No it was you buy the panels or they own them and you buy the electricity off them at less than what you pay on the grid. If you buy them your payment is offset by no electric bill.

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Old 07-30-2020, 07:23 PM   #4
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No it was you buy the panels or they own them and you buy the electricity off them at less than what you pay on the grid. If you buy them your payment is offset by no electric bill.

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Interesting. I could see buying electricity for less than price on the grid. I would be hesitant to pay for an entire system that would need to work properly and efficiently for a very long time to get my money's worth.

Please keep us posted on what you decide to do.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:27 PM   #5
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No personal experience but I've heard that the life of the panels die well before they pay off.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:47 PM   #6
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Well with Sunrun they own them, they maintain them and you have a guaranteed output for 25 years. I have enough southern roof exposure to produce over my normal consumption on average.
I'm just really leery about ANY longterm agreement. Especially with something as new to me as solar.
However it is a direction we are seriously considering.

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Old 07-30-2020, 07:57 PM   #7
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No personal experience but I've heard that the life of the panels die well before they pay off.
x2^

What is the term of the loan and the live of the panels.
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No clue. When the guy told me the cost I laughed so hard it was embarrassing.


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Old 07-30-2020, 08:39 PM   #9
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No actual facts, but I've heard the solar return was a long time....like 30+ years..
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:44 PM   #10
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I’ve been in the solar industry for 27 years... I don’t have them on my house. Sooooo many solar companies come and go. It’s a niche market. Not many survive. Figure that in your decision.
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:48 PM   #11
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These folks are affiliated with Oncor so I'm not sure. Thus my reason for posting.

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Old 07-30-2020, 08:54 PM   #12
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Gary donít waste your time or money. Solar is still to inefficient to make sense and they are ugly.


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Old 07-30-2020, 09:03 PM   #13
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That sounds really expensive. You can get good panels for a little over 50c per watt. You can cover a lot of roof for a fraction of the cost. RES supply will help you design things and with a little searching, should be able to find an installer.

https://ressupply.com/solar-panels
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:19 PM   #14
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Okay let's be clear. That was the offer we turned down.
This company installs them for free. You get a significant break on your electric bill for having them there. They maintain them. They own them. I just rent them roof space.

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Old 07-30-2020, 09:29 PM   #15
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Ive done the math over and over and it's not worth it. Even with roof with full sun.

Solar panel outputs basically 40% of rated value on summer day.

I looked at 11k system which would cost about $11k, installed myself. Would take 9-10 years to pay itself back. Then the hassle of dealing with another system. Inverters are known to die often.

Im paying 8.3c kwhr.

Most energy companies don't pay for overages, unless you sign up for that plan, but then its 13c/kwhr.

A ton of hassle and risk for $1500 savings a year. Not worth it.
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:36 PM   #16
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You aren't getting 8.3 cents per kwh in the city.
If I were paying for them it would be a solid no. Since they are paying for them it's a serious consideration.
Just wanting to know about the company I spoke with.

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Old 07-30-2020, 09:44 PM   #17
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https://www.solarreviews.com/installers/sunrun-reviews

1.8 stars out of 195 reviews
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:05 PM   #18
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Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for.

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Old 08-01-2020, 10:41 AM   #19
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There are many more reviews out there and too many complaints and negatives to ignore. I guess for now it is just not the time. Thank folks.

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Old 08-01-2020, 01:32 PM   #20
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At a high level it doesn't make sense. If you can't buy a system, install it yourself, and get it to pay you back in 12 years, then how can a company make anything. Gotta be a catch where they eventually screw you. Or maybe better they go bankrupt and you keep system.
Dallas area you can get rates well below 10c.
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You aren't getting 8.3 cents per kwh in the city.
If I were paying for them it would be a solid no. Since they are paying for them it's a serious consideration.
Just wanting to know about the company I spoke with.

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You don't believe his rate is 8.3? Ours is 7.9, and that's only because it has nearly doubled in the past 2 years. We were in the 4's... In Hurst.
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Seems like a heck of a long term investment. What happens if you decide to sell the house ? Are you still responsible?
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:59 PM   #23
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I work for a solar company, unless your home is giant $60k is absolute robbery.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:09 PM   #24
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You don't believe his rate is 8.3? Ours is 7.9, and that's only because it has nearly doubled in the past 2 years. We were in the 4's... In Hurst.
Shopping I've only found 11 here. And I'm not far from Hurst.

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Old 08-01-2020, 03:11 PM   #25
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At a high level it doesn't make sense. If you can't buy a system, install it yourself, and get it to pay you back in 12 years, then how can a company make anything. Gotta be a catch where they eventually screw you. Or maybe better they go bankrupt and you keep system.
Dallas area you can get rates well below 10c.
Dammit. I need to look back into the rates. Who are y'all using?

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Old 08-01-2020, 03:12 PM   #26
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Iooked at buying panels but they are pricey. I have a pretty good sized south facing roof for the smallness of my house.

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Shopping I've only found 11 here. And I'm not far from Hurst.

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My wife searches for hours on end for the best deal. It was 7.2 last year and 7.9 this year. I think we are on cirro.

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Old 08-01-2020, 03:58 PM   #28
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I think one of my biggest issues is trying to be a loyal customer and goodness knows those companies aren't loyal to the customer.
Renewable energy is an important concept to us but unfortunately it's not an easy decision which way to go.

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Old 08-01-2020, 04:37 PM   #29
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You can find wind power for less than 10c a kwhr and lock it in for a few years.

Go to powertochoose.org

Cirro, gexa, green mountain. Tons of options. They only collect your bill, the company doesn't service your electricity, oncor or similar is the one who actually provides it and works on lines.
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