Cash purchase of home solar system!
- Tamara & Gerry Doan
- Soquel Hills, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
- Energy need met:
- 75% to 99% of electricity
- Solar PV
- November 2011
- Size of System:
- 3.2 kW
- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Rebates:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Additional Financial Notes:
- The Doans also were interested in purchasing a system over leasing so they would be able to retain the Renewable Energy Credits associated with offsetting grid produced electricity and face no system ownership issues if they sold their property.
16 panel roof mounted system with micro-inverters. Cash purchase of the system.
Since installation, the Doans have hosed down their panels once and plan to do a cleaning and servicing in 2014.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
With fruit trees peppering their lot, weekly deliveries of Community Supported Agriculture produce boxes, and other low-impact, local-focused efforts, the Doans were already committed to sustainable urban living.
As environmental professionals, the Doans cite their sustainability values and reduced energy costs as the primary factors in why they invested in a solar system.
"just do it"
Experience with Installer:
After getting two quotes, their 16 cell system was installed in the fall of 2011 by a local contractor and is offsetting almost 100% of the electricity the Doans’ 2-person household consumes. Tamara says that the system installation was very straightforward, taking only 2 days, and that others considering purchasing a solar system should just do it!