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Brave new green world

As of some time today, the newly-installed photovoltaic panels on our roof have been turned on, and the electric meter is actually running backwards (I checked a few minutes ago).

The traditional stumbling block to home solar panels has been up-front costs. In recent years, a number of companies have started leasing rather than selling solar panels: they pay the up-front costs, take care of the maintenance, claim the tax breaks (as owner), and take a monthly lease payment in exchange. We're working with one such company, Sungevity, which offers a wide range of financial options: if you've got the cash, you can pre-pay 20 years' worth of lease payments (but they're still responsible for maintenance), or you can pre-pay nothing at all and do it all monthly, or you can pre-pay various amounts in between. The more you pay up front, the less you pay in total.

ETA: If anybody reading this is interested in going with Sungevity, contact me so we can count it as a "referral", and you and I both get a couple hundred bucks bonus.



That's exactly what we're doing, except ours aren't installed yet, and they're going in the backyard. :)
I've been looking for a way to get solar on my all-electric house for years - this could make the difference as to whether I stay in the Last Homely Shack long-term or move. Thanks for the info - I just requested a quote!