Andy V, Flagstaff, AZ

System Size: 9.3 kW

Module Type: REC 290 / 32

Inverter:  Fronius Primo

 

What was your main motivation to go solar?

While I appreciate the value of renewable/green energy, my main motivation was financial. This solar installation alone was pretty good value, but the tax credit makes it a financial no-brainer. My tax credit was large enough that I was able to replace my home appliances and heating with electric and also buy a cheap electric car. And now the payments I am making on the solar loan are significantly less than what I was paying for heating gas, car fuel, and electricity put together.

What is the best part of having solar? 

I love looking out the window at the solar panels soaking in the sunshine. Here in Arizona, we love our few rainy and snowy days, but now seeing my panels drink in the photons is a great feeling too. When I first got the solar installed, I would keep the app up on my screen and see realtime how much energy we were pulling down. The second best part is watching the credits pile up on my APS “bill.”

What was the most enjoyable part of the process of going solar?

Some people may want to get into a lot of the technical details about panel types, placements, etc. I, however, preferred to have the Rooftop engineers and techs come up with the best solutions. They would give me all the plan details, but I happily deferred to their expertise and let them do all the work. They did a fantastic job, and I have no regrets whatsoever.

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