(if you click on the picture to see it big you’ll see a face peering out the door trying to figure out what I was doing)
The install finished last Friday. Today the power company came out and swapped out the meter for one that will role backwards, and we turned on the panels. Course, its raining today, with a pretty heavy cloud cover. But they’re pulling in some power anyway, just from the ambient light. Currently the monitor says 30-31wh per panel.
Right now this is just a standard grid tie system. Eventually our intention is to put in a battery back up system, but that’ll have to wait a couple years probly.
I’m going to try to make this a regular thing, to report on what we’re getting for power in (basically the sort of thing I was trying to find when doing my own research).
In that spirit, here’s the upfront information on this:
This is 16 250w Solar World Monocrystalline panels, with 16 Enphase micro-inverters.
Full cost, including labor: $18,000
NYSERDA 2012 incentive:-$6,000
County incentive: -$2,000
Our upfront cost: $10,000
Federal tax rebate: -$3,000
NY state tax rebate: -$2,500
Our total cost after tax rebates: $4,500