We would recommend that anyone considering installing a solar system should join a solar co-op
Carol and John – Deland, Florida
Went Solar with the Volusia County Solar Co-op in 2018
System size: 8.40kw
In January 2018, we joined the Volusia County Solar Co-op, part of Solar United Neighbors.
Our solar system was installed by Wayne’s Solar (Ormond Beach, Florida) from April 9th to April 13th and began producing solar power on April 25, 2018.
Our 8,400-watt solar system included 24 LG Neon R 350 panels and 24 Enphase IQ6 micro-inverters. The solar panels have a rated efficiency of 20.3% and the micro-inverters have a rated efficiency of 97.6%. The dimensions of the solar panels are 66.93 in. x 40.0 in. x 1.57 in. (18.59 sq.-ft. per panel). Each solar panel weighs 40.8 pounds. The solar panels and the micro-inverters are covered by a 25-year warranty.
John became interested in solar energy as a child when his cousin demonstrated his solar-powered portable radio.
We are both interested in helping to improve the environment by reducing air pollution and global warming.
We chose to go solar with Solar United Neighbors after attending an introduction meeting at Stetson University in September 2017 and learning the benefits of joining.
Our benefits for going solar are the elimination of our monthly power bill except for a $9.96 “customer charge”. We project that Duke Energy will be paying us a credit at the end of this year which should pay for next year’s monthly “customer charge”. Another benefit is the 30% federal tax credit on the total cost of the system which will be in place through 2019. After 2019, the federal tax credit will be incrementally reduced.
We were surprised that on a sunny day we are actually generating double the energy we need to power the home.
Since we only have a few weeks of solar energy generation data we cannot provide any accurate cost-saving data at this time.
We would recommend that anyone considering installing a solar system should join a solar co-op since the co-op can provide guidance about installing a solar system and can also provide a cost saving due to group purchasing.
The solar installer selected by the Volusia County Solar Co-op, Wayne’s Solar, has been great to work with. They are true professionals.