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Anyone done a DIY Solar Project

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Dunerunner, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I've thought about going 100% Grid Free Solar, but the cost is way up there...Over $60,000 even with incentives.

    However, the materials can be purchased for just under $12,000!!

    Has anybody done a DIY Solar install and if you have...

    What equipment did you buy and what size system did you opt for?

    I really want to stop sending the power company over $100 a month for electricity!! :mad:
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    12,000.00 / 100.00 = 10 years to break even. on the material cost. Add another 5 years for labor and maintaince. And in 15 years about the time the gear is worn out you can start over. Most likely cheaper and newer tech by then.
     
  3. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    I looked into it myself and pretty much came out with the same thoughts. Its more of a feel good being green thing then actually saving money.
     
  4. powersbj

    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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    Solarwater with hydronic house heat is a better investment in the northern latitudes.
     
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  5. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Just thinking os SHTF and total self reliance...If TEOTWAWKI doesn't happen in 10 to 15 years then I can count it as experience. If it does and the system remains undamaged, then I have something to defend! :D

    I like the idea of HW hydronics!!