Your Questions About Solar Panels For Your Home

Paul asks…

does anyone use solar power in their home?

how much was it to instal? does it provide for all your power needs? do the solar panels wear out and need to be replaced?

ssadmin answers:

I have a 6 kilowatt system on my house. It provides all my power, except the gas water heater. However, I am a special case. I live alone near San Francisco. I heat only one room, except when I have friends over. I get an average of about 20 kWh per day. The system cost about $50 K after rebate, but it was higher than it should have been.

Read all you can, including on the Internet and by searching for solar panels in the green search box above.

You may come back to me on Yahoo e-mail if you have specific questions.

Richard asks…

Can we mix different wattage and types of panels in Solar installation?

Hi, I want to know can we mix for example, solar panels from different companies and different wattage to power a home?

For example, if i mix Kyocera Solar 200w + Sharp 170w +
Aten Solar 60w etc to make up my installation?

What are the pros and cons?

Thanks for your answer. Really appreciated.

ssadmin answers:

Yes, Definitely you can do that . Give parallel connection, you can add all these wattage together by parallel connection.

Congrats and best of luck 4 UR installation

Betty asks…

Are there any Canadian Grants/Tax Benifits for installing and using Green Energy sources in your home?

Are there any Canadian Grants/Tax Benifits for installing and using Green Energy sources in your home – such as putting in solar panels, windmills, etc?

I've been thinking of using alternative energy sources when I buy my own house. However I know they are expensive. I was hoping that the government would have some sort of Tax break or grant or some way of financially helping with this sort of thing.

Also, if there is a website or phone number of relevance where I can get more information on this, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.

ssadmin answers:

There are grants, but they aren't huge by any means… This is a search on the Canadian government's website:

http://recherche-search.gc.ca/s_r?t3mpl1t34d=1&s5t34d=canada&l7c1l3=eng&S_08D4T.1ct57n=search&S_08D4T.s3rv5c3=basic&S_F8LLT2XT=energy+grant&S_S20RCH.l1ng91g3=eng

If it doesn't work, go to http://www.canada.gc.ca/home.html , click “search”, and enter, “energy grant”.

Robert asks…

Is leasing a solar panel a good idea?

There is a program in Los Angeles which allows you to have a solar system for your home. They take the average amount you spend in a month,then install the system and turn around and charge you at the locked rate for the next 20 years. For example if my average usage is 100 a month in energy cost,then my bill will always be 100 dollars for the next twenty years. After the 20 years is up for 2000 dollars I get to keep the system.

ssadmin answers:

It coould or could not be a good deal.

I think you may be a little misled as to how it works. What they will usually do is sell you the energy at a fixed rate, that is $x per kWh. And they install a special meter to monitor how much they generate. That's the most fair arrangement, because if the better their system performs, the more money they make.

If they will charge a fixed amount each month, be sure that the contract includes a performance guarantee that their system will generate at least a certain amount of energy per year. Otherwise, if their system breaks, why should they fix it? They've got you paying $100 a month for the next 20 years no matter what.

Such an arrangement will reduce your electricity bill, but the bill will still be more than just the fixed payment to the solar company. SCE or whoever you're with will still charge a fee to keep you connected to the grid, even if you use a net zero electricity. And if you use more than the solar system provides, they will bill you for that, too. For example, let's say your usage is 1000 kWh a month right now, and pay $100 for that. The solar company installs a system that will, on average, supply 1000 kWh a month. But then you say Okay! Let's turn on the A/C all summer long and run electric heaters in the winter! Your usage goes up to 1500 kWh a month. You will pay the solar company $100, and the electric company will bill you for the other 500 kWh.

It could still be a good deal, especially if you don't have the cash up-front to buy a system, but just be aware of the details.

Sharon asks…

Would you choose solar panels or a windmill ?

If you had too choose one alternative form of energy for your home which would you choose ?
Please give reasons why

ssadmin answers:

Solar panels on a windmill.

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