Tom – Arnold, MD

April 29, 2024 Homeowner stories, Maryland

No problems whatsoever in 15 years

Tom – Arnold, MD

Why did you decide to go solar?

As an engineer it was an obvious choice. I had the money available to pay for the installation.
There are some updates that were made later when the system was expanded, new installations used only micro inverters. Eventually the whole system will convert from string inverters to micro inverters, as they make the panels more efficient.

What was the process like for you? Did anything surprise you, or were there challenges you had to overcome?

Only real surprise was the dimensions of the wires from the panels to the string converters.

Have any of your habits changed since going solar? (For example: driving an electric car or bike, switching to an electric stove or water heater, etc.)

Already (moved from Norway), used to eclectic heating and appliances.
Switched from oil heating to heat pumps with propane back up, all garden tools are electric (battery).
Absolutely no concerns regarding electric power usage.

Have you seen electricity savings since going solar? If so, what have you been able to do with that savings?

Only pay the utility connection ($ 8.00 a month)
Get pay back for power produced and sold to the utility quarterly.
Plan to buy battery back up.

Have you been involved in any solar advocacy since becoming a solar owner?

Advised one neighbor to go 100 % solar.

What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?

Go for it, try to buy your own system.

Anything else you’d like to add?

No problems whatsoever in 15 years.