Hot Solar Solutions installed our 7.77kW solar PV panel system in March 2023. It generates about 40kWh on a sunny spring day. We expect it to reduce our electricity bill n the years ahead. It feels great to see the system on our rooftop feeding clean power into the grid! Go solar! You won't regret it.
- Tomi Horn
- 404 Southeast 8th Street, College Place, WA 99324
- 1,104 sq ft
- Solar PV
- March 2023
- Size of System:
- 7.77kW kW
- Monitor performance:
- We use the Enphase app to monitor our solar PV system performance.
- 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:
- We also paid $1000 to install a new electrical panel. For us, the total cost was $25,900.
Professionals & Suppliers
- Enphase Energy
- Hot Solar Solutions
- Verity Credit Union
What You Need to Know
VSUN (VSUN370-120M-BB) Fuji Solar 21 panel system with Enphase microinverters (IQ7Plus-72) for a 7.77kW system size.
The PV system adds about $7500 to our home value.
We were told it might need to be washed annually if performance seems to degrade.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
We have already installed energy-saving windows.
Our motivation were four-fold: a) lock in the benefits of going solar like the low interest solar loan, net metering and solar ITC before these advantages are phased out; 2) insure ourselves against electricity price inflation; 3) feel good about contributing to the decarbonization of the local electricity grid; and 4) increase the value of our house.
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Experience with Installer:
We were pleased overall with our installer. Our installation was delayed by some permitting issues with the electric power company, so it is wise to be patient about the installation schedule. It seems like delays are commonplace. It appears utilities have trouble quickly processing all the grid interconnection applications.
We are fortunate to have a location where tree shade isn't an issue. We are also blessed with ample south-facing rooftop area.
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