The contract is signed.
By September I will have a solar photovoltaic system on my roof generating electricity for the next twenty five years or so. I consider it my fairly large middle finger to anyone who wants to keep digging coal out of the ground and burning it like some bad parody of the birth of the Industrial Revolution.
The system will be installed on a west facing (almost exactly 270 degree azimuth for those of you into that sort of description) roof that is a large single pitch with no protrusions. Due to my relatively low electricity consumption the maximum system allowed the power company was under 5 kWh. My system will be composed of 16 SolarWorld 290W panels for a total of 4,640W.
Gross system cost is $2.35 per watt installed. The applicable federal and state tax credits take that figure down to $1.29 per watt.
Based on the system size, orientation, and projected system losses I figure that this system will generate slightly more than my annual electricity consumption assuming no changes in consumption patterns. This would all get thrown out the window if I traded in my truck for a Chevy Bolt.
The most frustrating part is that if it were not for the various hoops that the power company makes everyone jump through this process could have been completed in weeks if not days. Now that the cost for the solar panels and inverters have dropped so dramatically the biggest impediment to widespread adoption will be the balance of system costs and the permitting hassles. Although my power company is obligated to allow me to install solar panels and the feed that power back into the grid via net metering it is their intention, in my opinion, to make the process as onerous as possible in order to deter other people from signing on the dotted line for solar.
This is the first step in the newly coined #myPersonalParis where I am going to control as many aspects of my life to align with a significantly reduced emissions footprint as possible in solidarity with the Paris climate accord which our dear leader decided was too onerous because…reasons?
What are you doing?