“The co-op made it more affordable, quick, and easy to know we were getting the best deal with a great company for the system that best suited our property.”
Michael, Betsy, and Samantha Leon
Solar homeowners – Orlando, Florida
Went solar with the West Orange Solar Co-op in 2015
System size: 10.92 kW, 42 solar panels
Q & A
Why did you decide to go solar?
The investment feels good and the payback for us was about six years, so it is much better than the market as this system is guaranteed for 25 years. I also have a couple inspirations. My brother-in-law has solar on his home in Colorado, powers his house and two electric Nissan Leafs. My college roommate and his wife have an off-grid home/farm with solar in the Dominican Republic.
Why did you decide to go solar with the co-op?
The co-op made it more affordable, quick, and easy to know we were getting the best deal with a great company for the system that best suited our property.
Has anything surprised you about going solar?
I was so surprised how quickly it all came together once we joined the co-op. Installation took only 2 days! If we hadn’t joined we would probably not have solar yet.
Do you have any data on your solar system’s performance?
According to the Solar Edge app on my Iphone; today (Feb. 7, 2017) we produced 38.83 kWh. The highest production days in July we produced 65 kWh. Since April, our system has produced 11.18 MWh which is enough to power 33,865 light bulbs for a day, CO2 emissions saved is 17,304 pounds, and had the equivalent benefit of planting 436 trees.
How much was your electric bill before and after going solar?
A great comparison is our January 2016 bill before solar of $220 compared to our $2017 January of $9.88. Solar has reduced our bill over $200 each month.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I tell anyone that will listen how well solar works for us. We have been utilizing solar hot water for over 30 years so electricity is the logical next step.