Best Grid Tied Solar System for your Buck?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by jillianjiggs, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. jillianjiggs

    jillianjiggs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    550
    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    What is the best grid-tied solar system for your buck?
     
  2. shawnee

    shawnee Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    234
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2004
    Location:
    Ks.
    I'm curious/interested too. Hope someone replies to this thread!
     

  3. Morriagiolla

    Morriagiolla Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    60
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Location:
    Wherever
    I am interested in this too.
     
  4. MartyPalange

    MartyPalange Member

    Messages:
    10
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2003
  5. Triffin

    Triffin Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    431
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    Location:
    sw Ct / sw Va
    When you say 'grid-tied' do you mean you
    want pv power to supplement grid power or
    are you thinking 'net metering' ie where the
    local utility buys your power when you're producing
    it .. in effect you get a 'credit' on your normal
    electric bill for the value of the power your
    pv system produced ??

    I'm personally interested in the 'net metering'
    approach on the assumption that my local provider
    allows/offers it .. no investment in batteries
    with this arrangement ..

    Triff ..
     
  6. sue currin

    sue currin Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    555
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2004
    Location:
    maine
    Try bp solar. lot's of people up here have it, and they say it gives the best teck support plus price. my friend runs his house and barn on it and has 3 kids with all of the TV's and play stations and so on. more then I need
     
  7. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    6,395
    Joined:
    May 11, 2002
    ok. do you mean battery powered solar or bi-polar solar?

    Recently Mother earth news did an article saying that on the grid solar is much less expensive, less complex and less apt to break down than off the grid solar. What do folks that have those think?

    I think I'd still like to be off the grid solar because there is no telling if we will be here long enough to recoup our money anyway. It's about self sufficiency too.
     
  8. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    11,301
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2004
    Location:
    So Cal Mtns
    I have a couple Bp solar multicrystalline panels,excellent quality.BIL offgrid with Kyoceras,also very good quality.

    BooBoo
     
  9. fordy

    fordy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,337
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Location:
    Whiskey Flats(Ft. Worth) , Tx
    ................The economics of off-grid solar says that you intentionally purchase a piece of property with diminished value because it DOESN'T have access to the grid , telephone , water , etc. and then you use the Savings to help defray the Initial investment in a solar system that provides for your needs . Obviously , if you buy property with immediate access to the grid as your main source of power all you really need is a backup solar system to "maintain" your lights , etc. until the main power is restored . fordy.. :D
     
  10. jillianjiggs

    jillianjiggs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    550
    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    Here's the deal. My FIL is a contractor, and is going to build a home for us. We're looking to buy enough land for a few homes, subdivide, and build on the other lots once ours is finished. We'd like to supplement our power w/ solar, and 'sell' back the extra when it is available. (it's HOT here during the summer, and the average energy bill is about $300 if you keep a 1500 sq ft home at around 75-80* during the summer months) The few solar communities built around here have sold before the models were even up. So, what would be the best system for that?
     
  11. Wolf mom

    Wolf mom Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,554
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Location:
    Appalachian Foothills
    The new issue of Mother Earth News has a letter buy the man that wrote the article previously mentioned by Mid Tn Mama. He's got more info and a place you can e-mail him. He's going to put out a packet of info since he's gotten so many requests. He's even spoken to Pres Bush about this as so many "seniors" are interested. He says a person can build a home for $100,000, solar included (no land).