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December 4, 2006

solar panels for your home

Tags: Home Improvement — 7:34 am Comments (2)

The Go Solar California program looks pretty cool and starts January 1, 2007. It’s an incentive program for people to get solar panels installed for their existing homes (but also for new homes and buildings).

California has made a bold decision… to place 3,000 megawatts of new, solar produced electricity systems on rooftops by 2017. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s goal is to put solar systems on a million California roofs.

Apparently only 0.3% of our energy comes from solar panels. It’s nice to see this incentive program.

Great article in the SF Chronicle last January about installing solar panels for your home in the Bay Area. They recommend Borrego Solar and I looked up Sky Power Systems and they looked pretty good.

We’ve noticed a lot of solar panels on homes while on vacation in Hawaii but also in our neighborhood. Most of the new complex/developments are being constructed in a “green way” with radiant heating, energy efficient windows, reclaimed wood from trail tracks in China or Brazil (that one is funny), bamboo or cork flooring, and solar panels which is great. Several houses nearby also have solar panels installed too.

Here’s another article about installing solar panels yourself in a step-by-step.

It sounds like the cost of installing a solar panel for our small house will be in the $15,000 (w/ rebate?) to $24,000. Given that our monthly electricity bills are under $50, it’s about a 25-40 year break even point. $5,000 – $10,000 total installation costs is what it would need to get down to in order for it to be in the ballpark of real consideration.



2 Comments »

  1. DEAR SIR / MADAM
    WE WANT YOU TO ADVISE US ON YOUR SOLAR PANEL 40WATTS, 80WATTS AND 100WATTS OF AVAILABILITY PRODUCT. WE WILL AS WELL WANT TO KNOW YOUR PRICE FOR TEN UNITS INCLUDING SHIPPING COST.
    WE WILL AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE SOONEST.
    THANKSYOURS
    JOHN COLE
    15734 LAKE DRIVE NO 2 – BR
    OAK FOREST, IL
    60452.
    TEL………504 273 7873.

    Comment by JOHN COLE — December 22, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

  2. This is cool but why don’t we use a different approach of increasing the efficency and begin to add the second variable which is to expand the metal as it heats up by the light. There are plenty of metals out there that as they expand and contract they produce electricity. Now we have two methods in one technology that would increase the efficency by 2 times

    Comment by anna_hok — August 3, 2009 @ 5:32 am

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