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Solar city partnership on Model S page

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Dan5, Jun 12, 2012.

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Solar city solar cells for Model S?

  1. Plan on purchasing them through solar city

    11 vote(s)
    13.4%
  2. Plan on purchasing through another vendor

    20 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. Already have solar cells

    31 vote(s)
    37.8%
  4. Using other renewable options

    4 vote(s)
    4.9%
  5. Have no interest, going to use the grid

    16 vote(s)
    19.5%
  1. Dan5

    Dan5 Member

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    #1 Dan5, Jun 12, 2012
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    How many people are going to also purchase the solar cells?

    In that case, either you could buy solar cells (either option 1 or 2) and put them somewhere or purchase your energy from a renewable source (option 4)
     
  2. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Wish I could justify it. But power is 9 cents a kWh MAX (daytime summer highest tier) where I live. It is just so much cheaper to buy dirty Georgia Power/Southern Company power. It is about 5 cents a kWh outside of summer, and for my first 650kWh every month during the summer.

    I never knew I had it so good until I started up on this site.
     
  3. Mycroft

    Mycroft Life happens

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    In WA state, our rates are low, < 7 cents, our power is green, and the sun is rare, so it'll be some years for solar to be more cost effective.
     
  4. raptorweb

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    I would love to talk to them about both but they are not in my area
     
  5. thelastdeadmouse

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    #5 thelastdeadmouse, Jun 12, 2012
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    This poll could use some sort of option for those of us where solar panels aren't an option, like non-home owners and apartment dwellers like myself.
     
  6. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    The poll can't easily be changed - but since it is non-scientific, I'd just post my discussion|opinion here.
     
  7. drbradfo

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    I have SolarCity solar panels (15yr lease). Oregon has cheap electricity, renewable supply and relatively little sun. BUT the governments (federal & state) and local utilities basically paid me to install them. So I did. It meets about 1/2 my electricity needs today, probably 35-40% after the Model S arrives.
     
  8. gjamrok

    gjamrok Junior Member

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    I have SolarCity panels that I bought in 2009. They have performed as well or better than Solar City had predicted. Also, I've already been in contact with them regarding how I will charge the Model-S (My dilemma: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/8364-Installing-a-Model-S-Charger-on-a-Public-Right-of-Way and they have been very very helpful. They have assured me that they will be able to find a solution.

    It is becoming more and more apparent to me that all the pieces are falling into place for Tesla and the Model-S. What an exciting time to be a part of this change in transportation.
     
  9. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    Unfortunately my case isn't one of the options... probably for good reason. It would be: "I would LOVE to install solar panels and have a perfect room angle/direction for it except that my asshole neighbors have three giant evergreens that are planted within yards of each other and blot out the sun on my property." Or some such thing.
     
  10. MitchL

    MitchL S#945

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    Do the trees blot out all of the sun, or just cast a smallish shadow that tracks across your roof during the day?

    I've got a really nice solar exposure, but I have a couple of nasty tall trees and a small chimney that will cast shadows at certain times and seasons -- to get around this I'll be using microinverters, one per panel, so that each panel generates its own AC and is not affected by the others. Microinverters are individually slightly less efficient than a single string inverter, but shade on a single panel won't take down the entire array, so it's a net win for my situation.

    I'll find out soon enough, my array should go online right around the time I will theoretically be receiving my Model S.

    Something to consider?

    /Mitch.
     
  11. Discoducky

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  12. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Wait, this Solar City?! I thought whatever company it was Tesla partnered with was just in CA or something, but reading this thread and then Googling...they're in the DC area! I think I looked into them a year or three ago based on some Tesla reference and they weren't here, I thought. This is great--no idea if it'll be worth it, but this is an option I didn't think I'd have. :) Shoot, our power bill's higher than we'd like anyway; even without a Model S, I wonder if it's worth it.

    The trouble is it's not like we have a lot of roof to put panels on...still...worth checking out.

    I don't think I can vote yes/no in the poll, though; Dan5, you should've included a "interested but don't know if it's feasible yet" option. ;-)
     
  13. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    My cheapskate post of the day: if anyone's interested in a referral for SolarCity for a PV system installation, please PM me before you contact them and I can provide one. That'll help boost my Model S fund by just that tiny bit ;)
     
  14. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I checked with Solar City, but in Texas you have to pay the entire twenty year lease cost up front. Unfortunately, that makes the payback way too long. There isn't a category for that in the poll.
     
  15. Tempus

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    And in virginia, solar city wont even discuss it. Really annoyed with the lack of incentives here. If i lived a few miles north in maryland, its a no brainer.
     
  16. Thumper

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    I voted "no interest" but I would love to go solar. Unfortunately my house is shaded too much.
     
  17. clea

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    Plan on installing PV but Solar City does not operate in Quebec which only supports net metering. Am not even sure they have plans to operate anywhere in Canada.
     
  18. jbherman

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    I responded "no interest, going to use the grid," as the covenants and restrictions for my neighborhood homes association prohibit the placement of solar panels on the roof. I'm planning on looking into it further and perhaps petitioning for a change. I receive the most sun on the back side of my house, not viewable from the street. Unfortunately, Solar City does not service my state.
     
  19. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    #19 ElSupreme, Jun 13, 2012
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    I am pretty sure there are many State laws that prevent HOAs from making rules like this. Kansas seems to be a maybe/maybe-not state. I would look at your state laws your HOA agreement may be illegal.

    Getting Around Your HOA to Install Solar Panels

    EDIT: It looks like you will have to negotiate with the HOA from a quick look on this site: DSIREUSA. It appears that you have some limited easement rights (cutting down tree limbs off of your property).
     
  20. raptorweb

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    I am also running into this problem in MN. When I contacted the state they told me that they are looking into pushing for changes next year but as of right now they do not have anything that would help me out with my HOA. They did ask that if I try to get them to let me that I document everything to use as a case study.
     

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