Solar provides a back-up generator when the power fails.
Hannes & Angel – Naples, FL
System size: 11.65 kW
Why did you decide to go solar?
We went solar with backup batteries for two reasons:
1) so we have power when the grid is down
2) to decrease our carbon footprint
Did anything surprise you about going solar?
We were surprised how easy the process was once we decided to do it.
Do you have any data about your solar system performance? What electricity savings have you seen since going solar?
It is difficult to compare with our previous consumption because shortly before we went solar, we bought an electric car. However, when we don’t charge the car, our solar system is sufficient to cover all of our electric consumption. This includes A/C and heat.
What benefits did you experience going solar with a co-op?
We got a better price, quality work and a smooth process with a reputable vendor.
What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?
Find a way to do it sooner rather than later, because you’ll almost certainly save money and the sooner you do it, the better federal tax credits you’ll get and the longer you’ll have net metering.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Do your research or trust the co-op. Best is do your research and use the co-op. You’ll be glad you used the co-op and very glad you went solar. When the power goes out, the transition to backup is seamless. We never lose anything. It’s a joy, especially since we are the only house on our power line and live in the outskirts of Naples.