I'm a firm believer in renewable sources of energy and for me solar was the best fit. I'm still waiting for Duke Energy to connect my system to the grid. It's been over a month since the install was completed and the progress for connection is very very slow.
75% to 99%
- Jon Neser
- 8108 Brittains Filed Rd, Oak Ridge, NC 27310
- 3,000 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 75% to 99% of electricity
- Solar PV
- April 2015
- Size of System:
- 15 kW
- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Purchase with Loan
- Additional Financial Notes:
- Interest rates were low at the time of refinancing so I got a really good rate.
What You Need to Know
My system is not a roof top type system. I felt a roof top system would not meet my needs so I opted for a solar system installed on top of a Pergola in my backyard. It consists of 55 Sunpreme PV panels and 3 Sunny Boy 5000TL-US inverters.
I'm very happy with the way the system turned out and can use the pergola for other functions.
We haven't performed any maintenance on the system as of yet.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
1. Clean and renewable energy. 2. Government rebates, both state and federal. 3. Environmental concerns.
I wish I knew how slow the "paperwork process" was going to be. Especially the slow and sometimes confusing requirements from Duke Energy.
Experience with Installer:
There were issues with the installers but everything worked out. We passed all the necessary town and county inspections.
We had to re-route some of our septic fields to accommodate the solar pergola.
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