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    Roof mounted vs ground mounted solar array

    Thanks for sharing this! That is an incredible difference! How far away were you able to make the clearing? My wife would prefer we put it in a clearing that isn't visible from the house (with trees in between), but I'm sure it's cost prohibitive to run it 400 or 500 feet underground. The...
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    Which insulation do you use with your solar home?

    Thanks for mentioning this! My wife and I have gone back and forth between air source and ground source quite a bit, especially because it seems hit or miss with finding a geothermal installer that won't make your life a living nightmare come wintertime. The cost is pretty startling as well. Our...
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    Roof mounted vs ground mounted solar array

    Obviously most people go for roof mounted, I'm just wondering what the experience has been like for those of you that went ground mounted. My wife and I are considering going ground mounted so we can have a larger array than our rear roof will allow, but we're not sure if it has some unintuitive...
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    Which insulation do you use with your solar home?

    We are building a home and plan to have solar in the future. We’re going with geothermal for heating and cooling so we can really take advantage of the solar, and hopefully fully power it from the sun. Of course, one of the most important factors with that is insulation. One of the geothermal...
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    Solar with Heat Pump for Heating/Cooling House

    Thanks for posting these numbers! They’re amazing, especially considering the house still has the original windows. It’s situations like these that make me wonder how people can struggle so much with geothermal. That said, are you extremely careful with it? Or do you use it fairly comparably to...
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    Solar with Heat Pump for Heating/Cooling House

    Thanks for the insight everyone! It definitely seems like a lot of people suggest geothermal over an air source heat pump. This was actually my preference too (especially because right now there are great rebates in Maine on geothermal, so it’s about the same cost as air source). However...
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    Solar with Heat Pump for Heating/Cooling House

    My wife and I will be building a house later this year, and we're very interested in using solar to power as much of it as possible (ideally 100% after factoring in net metering). As we'll be building in southern Maine, we're very concerned about the cost to heat the home. Both our builder and...
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    Powerwall 2 with inverter vs external inverter

    Thanks! That's good to know, I'm assuming that's a recent change though right? I was just watching this video of an install that happened back in April/May of this year, and he has a separate inverter. Particularly confusing because the entire thing (panels, Powerwall, etc.) was performed from...
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    Powerwall 2 with inverter vs external inverter

    I've done quite a bit of research on this, but I've had a hard time finding reliable information. My wife and I are interested in adding solar to our home, but she is (understandably) concerned about the number of boxes that will be on our walls. I see that the Powerwall 2 comes in a model that...

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