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Buttafli1277
LIF Adult

Member since 8/05

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Jennifer

Solar

anyone have solar panels on their home? I have noticed many homes lately with solar. If you have them are you happy with it? Are you saving a lot on your bill? Any negatives about solar?

Posted 7/27/15 10:27 PM
 
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danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

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Name:
Scott

Re: Solar

Just got mine installed last week in june so I havent been able to see a savings yet. I love sunation. We financed the panels. No money out of pocket. We got 26 sunpower panels and I will be paying $122 a month for solar and just the hook up fee for pseg which is $12. Very happy about that

We used Sunation and our salesman was Stephen foley. If you call them and use them please tell them Scott Budoff sent you.

Everything about SUnation and everyone that works there has been amazing. I do not have any complains

Posted 7/27/15 10:39 PM
 

GoldenRod
10 years on LIF!

Member since 11/06

25143 total posts

Name:
Shawn

Re: Solar

Do a search in here for Sunation, and you will see dozens of threads, all with nothing but positive things said about them. I have lots of posts about my solar panels, all the way back to 2009, when I had them installed.

Posted 7/28/15 7:29 AM
 

apb17
My guys

Member since 5/06

2173 total posts

Name:
Alli

Re: Solar

Love our panels! We used Energy By Choice...great company. We bought the panels rather than lease. We couldn't be happier and we're "banking" thousands of KWs so far (since the end of March).

Posted 7/28/15 2:28 PM
 

Faithx2
All good things in 2016!!

Member since 8/05

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Re: Solar

Can anyone comment about radiation??? I read an article that they emit radiation and my son will be right under one panel on the back of my house. It seems silly but as a parent I worry.

Posted 7/28/15 8:38 PM
 

ave1024
I Took The Wrong Road

Member since 12/07

5969 total posts

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That Led To The Wrong Tendencies

Re: Solar

If you have a lot of peaks in your roof does that limit how many panels you can install? Do they make panels not square shaped but triangle shaped? I would think I would need a lot of those due to the shape of my roof. One nice thkng my house is very tall and my roof isn't slanted/pitched much so i would be hard pressed to even see them from the ground.

Posted 7/29/15 7:30 AM
 

GoldenRod
10 years on LIF!

Member since 11/06

25143 total posts

Name:
Shawn

Re: Solar

Posted by Faithx2

Can anyone comment about radiation??? I read an article that they emit radiation and my son will be right under one panel on the back of my house. It seems silly but as a parent I worry.



The panels don't emit anything, and in fact, since they absorb light, they would technically reduce radiation from the sun....
Plus, they reduce so much air pollution by needing less coal or oil burned by power plants.

http://www.off-grid.net/forums/topic/emf-pollution-from-neighbours-solar-panel-system-2/
The forum thread has some good info in it about EMF radiation, and how being tied to the grid and using regular electricity is worse for you than the solar panels or the inverter.

As long as you don't sleep directly on top of the inverter, there isn't anything to worry about, as far as EMF radiation is concerned.

Posted 7/29/15 9:07 AM
 

GoldenRod
10 years on LIF!

Member since 11/06

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Name:
Shawn

Re: Solar

Posted by ave1024

If you have a lot of peaks in your roof does that limit how many panels you can install? Do they make panels not square shaped but triangle shaped? I would think I would need a lot of those due to the shape of my roof. One nice thkng my house is very tall and my roof isn't slanted/pitched much so i would be hard pressed to even see them from the ground.



Sharp (a major solar panel manufacturer) does have triangular panels:
http://www.altestore.com/store/Solar-Panels/51-to-99-Watt-Solar-Panels/Sharp-Solar-Sharp-70W-Triangular-Solar-Panel-Right/p1076/

There are probably others as well.

Posted 7/29/15 9:11 AM
 

danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

13476 total posts

Name:
Scott

Re: Solar

Ave1024 contact stephen foley at sunation. Tell him i sent you. If they make the shape you need sunation can get it. If you want to come by and check out mine let me know. I have a high roof and you cannot see them which the wife likes

Posted 7/29/15 9:33 AM
 

ave1024
I Took The Wrong Road

Member since 12/07

5969 total posts

Name:
That Led To The Wrong Tendencies

Re: Solar

Posted by danielleandscott

Ave1024 contact stephen foley at sunation. Tell him i sent you. If they make the shape you need sunation can get it. If you want to come by and check out mine let me know. I have a high roof and you cannot see them which the wife likes




What are they claiming your break even period will be? How many years?

Posted 7/29/15 12:27 PM
 

Buttafli1277
LIF Adult

Member since 8/05

2638 total posts

Name:
Jennifer

Re: Solar

Those that have solar are you really saving that much on your electric bill each month? I've heard that sometimes people pay like $10 a month for their electric with solar is that true for any of you?

Posted 7/29/15 5:03 PM
 

Mara1017
LIF Adolescent

Member since 5/11

695 total posts

Name:
Mara

Solar

I have solar and we purchased the panels over a year ago. We usedMajestic Solar. Our PSEG bills are $12 a month all year round

Posted 7/29/15 7:13 PM
 

tray831
Dee-licious!

Member since 3/06

5117 total posts

Name:
His Baby

Re: Solar

Posted by ave1024

Posted by danielleandscott

Ave1024 contact stephen foley at sunation. Tell him i sent you. If they make the shape you need sunation can get it. If you want to come by and check out mine let me know. I have a high roof and you cannot see them which the wife likes




What are they claiming your break even period will be? How many years?



Their site says about 6 years which is more or less what I have heard.

Posted 7/29/15 8:41 PM
 

NYCGirl80
I love my kiddies!

Member since 5/11

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Re: Solar

Posted by Buttafli1277

Those that have solar are you really saving that much on your electric bill each month? I've heard that sometimes people pay like $10 a month for their electric with solar is that true for any of you?



Our electric bill has never been more than $13. We never pay for electricity itself, but rather just the use of the service. Once a year we get a refund actually.

Posted 7/30/15 9:26 AM
 

danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

13476 total posts

Name:
Scott

Solar

Yes 6 years

Posted 7/30/15 9:56 AM
 

danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

13476 total posts

Name:
Scott

Solar

I have solar for a month now. I just receives a letter from sunation that my payments should start within a month or 2. I will be paying 122 a month for the system and $12 for pseg connection

Posted 7/30/15 9:58 AM
 

NoStressMom
My Heart and Soul

Member since 5/05

11122 total posts

Name:
D

Re: Solar

we also used Sunation they were great!!!

Posted 7/31/15 11:00 AM
 

nraboni
Our family is complete!

Member since 10/09

6794 total posts

Name:
Nicole

Re: Solar

Posted by danielleandscott

I have solar for a month now. I just receives a letter from sunation that my payments should start within a month or 2. I will be paying 122 a month for the system and $12 for pseg connection



So your regular monthly pseg bill is only 12 and thats for the connection. They arent supplying any electric to your house?

Overall, you're paying 134 a month for electric?

My current balanced budget pseg bill is 281. So that would go away with solar snd id onlybe paying the financing through sunnation and the connection fee through pseg?

Posted 7/31/15 3:11 PM
 

sarah17
LIF Zygote

Member since 2/15

21 total posts

Name:

Solar

Do you aldo get nyserda credit?

Posted 8/1/15 3:13 PM
 

danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

13476 total posts

Name:
Scott

Re: Solar

Posted by nraboni

Posted by danielleandscott

I have solar for a month now. I just receives a letter from sunation that my payments should start within a month or 2. I will be paying 122 a month for the system and $12 for pseg connection



So your regular monthly pseg bill is only 12 and thats for the connection. They arent supplying any electric to your house?

Overall, you're paying 134 a month for electric?

My current balanced budget pseg bill is 281. So that would go away with solar snd id onlybe paying the financing through sunnation and the connection fee through pseg?



We are still connected to pseg but since i have enough panels to supply my house i will only have to pay connection fees.

Posted 8/2/15 7:27 AM
 

blustar214
So in love with my little girl

Member since 1/10

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Re: Solar

Posted by Buttafli1277

Those that have solar are you really saving that much on your electric bill each month? I've heard that sometimes people pay like $10 a month for their electric with solar is that true for any of you?



We have had our panels installed for about 2 years now. We leased (fixed rate for 20-year term) and EmPower installed our panels. We pay a small fee to lease and the power generated by our panels covers all our electric needs and more. We pay the small connection fee to PSEG each month ($9-12). I love our panels!

Posted 8/2/15 10:49 AM
 

Jacquelina
LIF Adolescent

Member since 10/11

697 total posts

Name:
Jacqueline

Re: Solar

Posted by danielleandscott

I have solar for a month now. I just receives a letter from sunation that my payments should start within a month or 2. I will be paying 122 a month for the system and $12 for pseg connection



So are you saying the 122 a month is your finance payment for the panels from Sunation? How long is your finance term, interest, etc.?

Did you have to put anything down?

we are looking to get solar panels - this seems a little too good to be true. My PSEG bill is around 200 with balanced billing.

Posted 8/3/15 4:41 PM
 

danielleandscott
My new 71 Super Beetle

Member since 5/05

13476 total posts

Name:
Scott

Re: Solar

Zero down and $122 a month

I have 15 yrs to pay it off

Pseg is $12 a month

I can pay it off in less time

Posted 8/3/15 6:28 PM
 

Tah-wee-ZAH
Kisses

Member since 5/05

15952 total posts

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Re: Solar

So under that deal, the panels are costing $21,960 over 15 years.

We bought ours a few years ago through another company. We knew we'd be in this house for at least 16 more years. We did the math for leasing vs. buying and it didn't make sense for us to lease.

Total cost for system was approx $30K+
We put $500 down at contract signing.
They accepted the LIPA rebate as the rest of the downpayment.

We paid the rest. NY and Federal rebates come back after you file that year's tax return.

When all was said and done and we received the rebates, our cost was about $9K.
At the rate we are going, we will have recouped our initial investment in about 2 years. After that, we should only be paying the monthly connection fee. "Free" power for the next 13 plus years.

Posted 8/3/15 10:02 PM
 
 

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