Please be aware that the solar PV industry is reporting that a few Solar Dealers/Installers are over estimating solar harvesting in their quotes/proposals. NABCEP certified people have to agree to and sign a strict code of ethics. NABCEP certification is tough to attain and helps guarantee an accurate energy harvest estimate and correct placement of the solar array. There are many factors that affect energy harvest and your NABCEP certified person knows what to look for and how to do the calculations. Electric companies look at the long term and the overall lifetime costs, including servicing, before they install new equipment. We have had local electric utilities specifically seek us out to purchase and install their solar PV system as we are a NABCEP Certified Installer as this was one of their criteria. A solar PV system will not cost more due to this certification. It will cost less as we know the most efficient way to install the system to harvest the most electricity while minimizing servicing expenses. This means you receive the highest return on your investment. Please request your next quote/proposal from a NABCEP certified person.
Now that more solar PV is being installed by many others entering the solar electric field, it is even more important to have a high quality installation and local service utilizing advanced troubleshooting techniques, if needed . We have recently had our first request by another company's customer to repair another solar installer's system. The original solar installer refused to repair his system. The electrical box on the roof had water inside and the metal parts inside were corroding. A few more years and an electrical failure was immanent. Also, the stainless steel hardware was installed incorrectly and the only method of removal is to destroy the hardware and replace with new. Because of this, the repair went from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. Solar PV systems are not too complicated but please seek out competent people with the proper credentials. Installing it correctly will make it last 25 years plus while keeping it serviceable and safe. Please make sure that your solar company is NABCEP Certified. This guarantees a high level of competency and understanding by the person working on your system. NABCEP certified people have been instrumental in educating electricians and electrical inspectors into the safe and correct ways of installing solar PV.
Ever wonder how much energy on a daily basis is being released from the World's use of fossil fuels?
The above represents, to scale, the total fossil fuel energy released currently in the form of a forest fire that is burning 24/7/365. It does not take into account the added insulation effects of the added carbon dioxide which is helping to trap in this additional heat.
Are we contributing to climate change? Yes. By how much? We are not quite sure as this is a very slow process. The only way we can say no is by completely shutting off this flame.
All of us must do our part to eliminate fossil fuel use and help preserve our planet for future generations. Please commit today to do your part to reduce this flame.
Thank you everyone for a fantastic 2014 solar electric year. As you can see by the lack of input into our webpage in 2014, that 2014 was the best year ever with 2015 looking to surpass 2014! We have been, and still are, extremely busy. We thank all of you, our customers, for our success.
2015 is looking to be a record breaker with the submission of 2 Megawatts into the Made in MN solar program. For those that do not make the Made in MN solar program, we will direct them into the Xcel Solar Rewards program. You have to pay someone for your electricity. It might as well be yourself while enjoying 10%+ returns for 25+ years.
With over 600,000 solar electric installations on homes and businesses in the US, are you going to join them and save money? Our no money down, cash flow positive financing, makes it a smart decision that is available to almost everyone.
The United States pays $22 in subsidies to oil, coal and nuclear power for every $1 invested in renewable energy. Let's make this a level playing field!
I just found this website today on the latest CA Solar PV pricing http://gosolar.la/contractors/offers
This is from CA where they receive the containers of solar products which arrive there from China, Japan, Korea, etc. The cost for these products is the same between the Midwest and CA except I have higher shipping costs to get these
products to the Midwest. Also, none of those offers use the safer and more expensive micro inverters.
I also received info today about this website http://www.ilsr.org/solar-costs-grid-prices-collision/ which is saying that the solar cost is $4.00 per watt and that at that price it might be too low.
I knew I was competitive in my pricing but didn't know by how much, till now.
Also, I heard that module prices are slowly going up due to the tariff the US Gov put on Chinese modules. It now gives all the solar module companies a reason to raise prices.
We will continue to bring you the best quality products at the best possible prices. We monitor the market (sometimes daily) to bring you the best price.
Due to the 2013 rebates in our Xcel Energy area we are seeing Cashflow Paybacks as low as 2.7 years with an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) as high as 29.8%. This is on a 39.75kW solar electric business/commercial system. Tax rate is based on 35% Federal and 7% State. Should your tax rate be lower then the payback is stretched out a little more. Tax rate of 25% and 5% respectively will yield a Cashflow Payback of 4.4 years and an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 22.8%. Not bad on an investment that is probably the safest investment in the world and is guaranteed/warranted for 25 years! Yes this seems too good to be true...the good news is that it is true and here now. The bad news is that it is a first come first serve rebate program which will open in Feb to March of 2013. Also note, Solar electric rebates have historically been dropping in price so you may want to get them now while they last as they might not be available next year.