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I can't afford a Tesla yet, but...

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by rolosrevenge, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    I just had this 3.3 kW array installed on my house last week. I get a really good solar profile with no shade at all on my south side. Though it is often cloudy, the payback should be 5-8 years.
     
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    I just got a letter from PSE saying that they're reducing production credits next year... I guess that's kind of a good sign since it means more people are choosing to install solar.
     
  3. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    It's true, but there's still the wildly unsustainable state subsidies. I timed my install so can minimize the time to get the federal tax credit. With cheap power and lots of clouds, it's hard to make solar economical here. But we do have lots of wind and hydro.
     
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    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    Congratulations.:smile:



    It is difficult for alternatives to compete with the grid, it is not a level playing field. That being said, 5-8 years payback is not that bad.
     
  5. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    Nothing can really compete with large hydro, but there's only so much of that. This will directly displace natural gas during the day, so I'm quite happy.
     
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    congrats! This is great to see. :)
     
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    Nice looking solar system. What type of panels did you use and what inverter ?

    There was a good article on pumped hydro storage the other day.
    For Storing Electricity, Utilities Are Turning to Pumped Hydro
     
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    Looks like ISEA raffle is sold out!
     
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    EdA Model S P-2540

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    OK, move to the other raffle brought to you by one of our very own members @Pollux.
    The Perfect Tesla Raffle
     
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    I have!! Super excited about that one!
     
  12. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    itek energy HE solar modules and bluefrogsolar microinverters. Both are manufactured in Washington State to take advantage of the maximum state production incentives.

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    The problem with those raffles is that I could buy a Model S worth of tickets and still not win. The curse (blessing?) of understanding probability theory.
     

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