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Old 09-11-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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saw in the RJ this morning but it was actually proposed a few months ago for customers without panels:


"..Customers will be able to subscribe to 100 kilowatt hour 'blocks' of solar energy and in return will receive a solar production credit for each block. This will show up as two line items on a customer's monthly energy bill.."

https://www.nvenergy.com/company/doi...solar/FAQs.cfm

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Old 09-11-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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Printable solar cells from Australia are about to hit the market

I'll wait and see how expensive these are.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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Sounds like they'd be cheaper (but they didn't explicitly say that.) They also didn't say how efficient they are, or how long they last.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:17 PM
 
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Waiting...
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Old 09-12-2015, 02:02 PM
 
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Solar Costs Will Fall Another 40% In 2 Years. Here's Why.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/why-...opping/405187/

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Old 09-12-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Southern Highlands
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Wait two years and pay 40% less? I'll wait.
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Old 09-12-2015, 03:51 PM
 
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Wait two years and pay 40% less? I'll wait.
Not that clear. Two confounding variables...net metering and the Federal tax rebate. Both are likely to be heavily modified in two years. So you could well take a significant hit if you wait. I would think we will see some sort of extension and phaseout of the Federal rebate. The net metering is certain to be modified and may be much less favorable than it is now. May even make the thing non viable financially.

Eventually the technology should overcome most of this. But the time frame may well be four or five years.

There are other things on the horizon. Make the panels move is one. That could substantially extend the evening usage which might even rate a premium price for the electricity produced. Efficiency might also get high enough that storage becomes feasible with better battery technology or even making hydrogen.
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Old 09-12-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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I've been reading that a lot of the soft costs are not being pressured to come down because of the tax rebate.

Haven't heard about the net metering. Are you sure that previous solar panels are grandfathered in if they ever restructure the way net metering works?

It requires two Tesla Powerwalls as one would not output enough to service common household usage. The batteries cost $3500 each and that's not including having an electrician wire it for you.

For me, I'll wait as I don't have a tax liability that I could use the rebate to offset, for others it might make sense if they are high energy consumers. I'm anxiously awaiting macgeek to see the results of his own install.
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