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Old 11-11-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA / Henderson, NV
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We currently live in California and will be purchasing a 2nd home in Henderson. One of the best things we have done to our home in Ca is that last year we installed solar panels to offset our electricity cost. Since flipping the switch on the panels in March of this year we have not had a bill over $2 and a few have even been under $1. In comparison we had bills last summer of $400+ during the hotter months.

When I view Google Earth images over the Henderson area I don't see any homes with solar panels for electricity. I do see a lot of solar water installs for pools etc but no electric.

It could be that the Google Earth images are old or that CCR's in the HOA areas prevent their installation because, let's face it - they are not very attractive or it could be that there are no incentives (or crappy incentives) from govt and electric company to steer people in that direction.

What do you suppose is the reason for so few solar electric installs in the area? Because it WILL be one of the first improvements I plan to make to my new house.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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I believe it is purely financial. CA tends to have much better state rebate programs towards solar installation.

NV Energy does have a residential solar rebate program, but it's full for this year and from what I heard, the demand far exceeds the funding.

That, and I'm sure the fact that the majority of homes being underwater has a huge effect. Who wants to dump money into a home that's already deeply underwater?
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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My guesses:

1) Payback period was too long with flat rates of less than $0.12 per kwh.

2) Most Las Vegans barely have enough money to pay their mortgage, let alone make a big investment in a PV array.

3) CA's financial incentives were better than NV's, while they lasted.

4) Most Las Vegans are too simpleminded to consider investments with long time horizons.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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My guesses:

1) Payback period was too long with flat rates of less than $0.12 per kwh.

2) Most Las Vegans barely have enough money to pay their mortgage, let alone make a big investment in a PV array.

3) CA's financial incentives were better than NV's, while they lasted.

4) Most Las Vegans are too simpleminded to consider investments with long time horizons.
I agree with all of this. Although "simpleminded" is probably too strong.

We looked long and hard at PV solar. But the numbers didn't add up. (And while I believe there is more to it than just dollars and cents, that must be part of the decision.)

What we did instead was make our house unusually energy efficient. Now that we pay $40/month for electricity, it makes no financial sense at all to install PV.

Even with a small system, we're currently looking at a 20-year break-even point. And that doesn't work for us. I'm not going to assume that we can install a big system and collect energy checks from NV Energy every month. I doubt they'd let that happen for very long.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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I have solar on my home. It works quite well. Also the homes off Concord Way (89015) have solar prebuilt into them.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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I have solar on my home. It works quite well. Also the homes off Concord Way (89015) have solar prebuilt into them.

What was your initial outlay, and how long for you to re-coup costs? Did you get any significant gov incentives? How big (KW) is your system?
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA / Henderson, NV
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I took a look at the neighborhood with Concord Way on Google. I can see where many of the roofs are colored differently in some areas. No actual panels though. Is there some other technology at work there besides PV panels?Solar Power Options In Henderson-untitled.jpg
You can see it in the houses on the south side of the street.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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What we did instead was make our house unusually energy efficient. Now that we pay $40/month for electricity, it makes no financial sense at all to install PV.
Care to share your tips at keeping elec bill down to only 40 a month?
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Use the search function. I've posted the info several times already.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I took a look at the neighborhood with Concord Way on Google. I can see where many of the roofs are colored differently in some areas. No actual panels though. Is there some other technology at work there besides PV panels?Attachment 87206
You can see it in the houses on the south side of the street.
Those appear to be integrated roof tiles with the built in PV. Not very efficient.
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