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Old 02-12-2020, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Solar PV Thread

EDIT: Link to the stats on my solar system.

I'm starting a thread here since Saving @ Home doesn't get much attention.

Some Oregon utilities have enticing subsidies for people that meet income criteria. My parents do, so I signed them up with the program to explore PV options.

Tomorrow a PV outfit is stopping by to evaluate the site and bid the project. I'll get at least 2 more bids before moving forward with any of them. The utility subsidy is a direct reduction in upfront price because they fund the installer directly. Then there's a 26% federal tax credit. My parents need a new roof, so a portion of that cost can be offset by the tax credit.

I've not been following PV technology lately, so any advice is appreciated. All I know is we probably want micro-inverters. I'd also like the system a little overbuilt since I'm also looking to get them a used EV.

If all that pencils out well and goes smoothly enough, I'll consider solar for my house. The utility offers higher income households a reduced subsidy, and that stacks with the federal tax credit. I'll need a new roof in 5 years, so rolling that into the install makes sense. That got me to thinking about Tesla's v3 Solarglass.

It probably doesn't pencil out well financially, but it could come close. If the roof is capable of outliving an asphalt shingle roof, I'd be willing to pay a bit more. I hate asphalt shingle.

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