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Finally getting solar, and going with Tesla!

Discussion in 'Tesla Energy' started by Cmharrell35, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Cmharrell35

    Cmharrell35 Member

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    I have the engineers coming Friday, I plan to keep up with updates on the progress! It's a 3.96 kW DC (5206 kW output)! I plan on purchasing a powerwall 2 to add to the system within 6 months! So exciting for my 109% power output rating.
     
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  2. kengchang

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    What's your $/W if you don't mind sharing?
     
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    I second this! $/w and how did it relate to other estimates?
     
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    following
     
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    following as well. just looking into our purchase options
     
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    The numbers might be reversed, 3.96 kW DC means less than 3KW AC..
     
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    He said:
    I think he means that they forecast 5,206kWh per year of generation and that is 109% of his annual consumption.
    That's a pretty low 3.6 hours/day STC equivalent.
     
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  8. Cmharrell35

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    Your correct, I had the engineers here today and my project is now in the design phase. If counting the 30% tax credit I got the system for $2.63/watt (13 of the 315 watt panels).
     

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    If it's not too late, you may be able to get them to lower the price some via their "best value guarantee" where they kinda-sorta price match another, lower quote.

    There are many variables, but $2.63/W is about what I paid for an 11kW system in FL recently, but before the 30% tax credit.
     
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    I'll try to shop around some more as I'm waiting for the final quote come out, do you do a price per watt of the system or a price per forecasted generation. If that's the case I'll be $2.06 / watt. Just curious, pretty new to the solar club.
     
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    Wow that's super cheap. Tesla is like $5.5/watt at SoCal...
     
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    Generally, the $/W prices that are used for comparison purposes are (Total system cost before tax credits) divided by (System Size) with system size determined by taking W/panel and multiplying by the number of panels.

    So, in your case, $15,464 / 3970W (3.97kW) = $3.89/W

    That being said, where did the 3.97kW come from on that screenshot? 13 315W panels = 4.095 kW

    But yeah, it's worth at least getting another couple quotes and seeing if they come out cheaper. My original Tesla quote was ~$3.24/W and after the "best value guarantee" it went down to ~$2.63/W or so... ~$7k less in my case.

    Be sure to use a referral code for the extra 5 years of warranty, too, if they let you.
     
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    That's a good point, that there are variations in pricing around the country. OP may be getting a good deal for his area. It's still a good practice to get another quote or two, just to keep Tesla honest, though :).
     
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    Def will get another quote to get the "Best Value Guarantee". I would much prefer to have everything under single Tesla app.

    Great thing we have this tool in CA, CaliforniaDGStats use Zip Code 91748.
     
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    Very interesting / useful tool! I'm sure we don't have that here. Definitely understand wanting to go with Tesla, too.
     
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    Going with Tesla, are you.

    Good luck, Tesla were the worst of 7 providers that I contacted.
     
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    I agree, I'll have to double check I thought the rep told me 315 watt panels, but that only breaks down to 305 watt panels. I am currently getting 3 more additional quotes from companies, so far tesla still has the best value.
     
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    Can you elaborate on your experience? or was it price alone?
     
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    I am also working with Tesla for a ~20kW system in the Tampa area. So far, Tesla has been great! I am working with them now to get a price match, and if that goes well, they will have earned my business.
     
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    Of the 3 companies, Tesla had a rep that seemed to know what he was talking about, and not just basically reading a script to me. The app and online tools he was using to show me my proposal was far more advanced then the typical piece of paper and pen I used to write down numbers from previous meetings with other companies. Lastly, to be able to say I have a tesla array and soon powerwall is something I enjoy because I have been such a fan of what Musk is doing/ trying to do with ideas outside of the box. So it wasnt all about the price, i have a couple quotes coming still but they were very reasonable on their quote for the system and seemed like a honest company. All this was IMHO.
     
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