Selecting the right vendor made all the difference
- Herb Drake
- Single-Family Residence
- 15967 24th Ave, Clearlake, ca 95422
- 2,000 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 50% to 74% of electricity
- Solar PV
- May 2018
- Size of System:
- 7 kW
- Monitor performance:
- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
Twenty large panels, which is the maximum that can be accommodated on sloping, South-facing roof. SolarEdge ooptimizers and inverter.
Home does not have any Internet access. Solar vendor provided monitoring via cell towers.
So far, none. Expecting rain to keep panels adequately clearn.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Double pane windows.
Home is located where only electric power is availabloe (no gas service) and monthly costs were approaching $500. System is intended to cut this in half.
The home is in Lake County where there are few solar installers. The first installer I talked with who would consider that location had terrible Yelp reviews. I then tried EnergySage and got five bids right away. I spent a week analyzing all five bids with a spread sheet and found one that was the lowest cost, highest number of 5-star Yelp reviews, Diamond Certified, and with an A+ BBB rating. Without EnergySage's service I probably wouldn't have started the project.
Experience with Installer:
Estimator showed up on the day specified and measured the roof. Installers came two weeks later, permit in hand, and completed the installation over a two day period. System has been online ever since.
Open House Info:
Home is rented and not available for open house.