Monday, September 12, 2005
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I looked for but couldn't find a 'total cost' estimate for your installation. Any ideas? Where did you save money with volunteer/personal labor?
Of course, everyone's situation is different. Right now we've got a fairly new roof on our house so I'm not sure I would go with the solar shingles. Seems like there's a lot more labor involved to get them installed than there would be for just a normal panel installation. If I needed a new roof anyway, I would probably consider them.
Yeah, I agree that it's not quite an instant payback... but IMHO it will clearly pay off over the long run. Even panels from the 70's have had fairly long lifetimes in practice, and modern panels should be even better. Not having to worry about blackouts and rising energy prices, and being green besides, well, that's priceless.
With housing prices $200K and up in a lot of areas, a $10K-20K solar installation doesn't seem so bad. And since I'm in Ohio, I'm hoping to take advantage of energy grant/loan programs here to help abate the cost.
Again, thank you so much for this blog. It's providing a *ton* of very helpful information, the kind of stuff that's hard to find anywhere else!