Solar panels puzzle would-be buyers

  • Article by: Troy Wolverton , San Jose Mercury News
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 10:11 PM

There are thousands available. And how to pick a contractor?

  • 2
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
  • 1 - 2 of 2
esandeenApr. 24, 13 9:42 PM

"The first thing to assess, they say, is just how much energy you’re using and the extent to which you can reduce that amount. The size of the system you’ll install is largely determined by how much energy you use." - I disagree. You can put up as much, or as little, solar as you have space and money for. You could offset anywhere between 20% and 120% of your annual electricity usage - it's really not tied to how much you use. You don't have to conserve first, but you do get a lot faster payback on efficiency. We've been solar for 2 years, and it's awesome. Through efficiency, conservation, and production on our roof, we've drastically cut our electric bills.

0
0
esandeenApr. 24, 13 9:47 PM

To put numbers on it - in 2004-2005 we used 9390kWh in a year (almost 800kWh/month, around the MN state average). In the past 12 months, we've purchased 1396kWh (a bit over 100kWh/month). That's an 85% reduction. It's possible!

0
0
  • 1 - 2 of 2

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT