SKY888
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Location: Rhode Island

7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:40 pm

Well,

I finally took a leap of faith today and signed the contract.

From 1kw = $4000, I was able to bring down the price to 1kw = $3,790



other 4 local vendors in RI, gave me 1kw = $4300. And two installers from MA quoted me a ridiculous 1kw = $5,000-$,6000 :o :o :o


roof is 30 degree angle and 174 degree azimuth
88%



anyways, here's my soon-to-be system!

7.2 kw PV system

30 x 240 watt Mage Solar modules
http://www.magesolar.com/nc/us/newsmess ... ows-1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

30 Solar Bridge Pantheon II microinverters (240 watts max AC)
http://solarbridgetech.com/products/our ... pantheon2/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Solar Bridge Management System (Power Manager & Power Portal)
http://solarbridgetech.com/products/our ... on/system/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

30 years warranty for both modules/microinverters
10 year labor warranty


$27,300 installed.


$27,300
- $6,825 (25% Rhode Island Grant)
_______
$20,475
- $6,142.50 (30% Fed tax credit)
__________
$14,332.50 final cost



basically $1.99 per watt! :)


This will be perfect for my Nissan Leaf and my household electricity! :)

The project will be submited to Rhode Island Energy Department, and once my installer gets the 25% grant, the project will start. My installer stated that he'll find out around march/april....then the project starts.

I'm hoping sooner! :)

I'll post photos during the installation...and of course after completion.

ww73
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Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:47 pm

Awesome. Around Seattle, that 7.2kW system would cost $40K!

If they would do $27K installed, I sign right away.

QueenBee
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Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:14 pm
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Leaf Number: 2062
Location: Bellevue (Seattle), WA

Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:37 pm

ww73 wrote:Awesome. Around Seattle, that 7.2kW system would cost $40K!

If they would do $27K installed, I sign right away.
Congrats! It's a shame they have to wait for approval of the grant ;) Let us know how you like inverters and reporting site.

Ww73, you can get quotes in Seattle for under $4 a watt these days. I would highly recommend you give Chris Herman with WinterSunDesign.com / Sunergy a call. He's a great guy and has been doing green design for a couple decades. He's done both my solar evals and consulting on my original project.

Let me know I can help with any questions you might have about solar in WA. I've for a 5kw system and am in the middle of adding an additional 10kw.

SKY888
Posts: 53
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:26 am
Delivery Date: 01 Jul 2013
Location: Rhode Island

Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:05 pm

ww73 wrote:Awesome. Around Seattle, that 7.2kW system would cost $40K!

If they would do $27K installed, I sign right away.

plus my installer gave me 3 year zero percent financing! :)


anyways, like what I mentioned, other installers in my area are quoting me $5-6k per kw system. So a 7.2kw system will be around $36-43k!!! which is similar to your prices over there.

SKY888
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Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:26 am
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Location: Rhode Island

Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:09 pm

QueenBee wrote:
Congrats! It's a shame they have to wait for approval of the grant ;) Let us know how you like inverters and reporting site.
.

Thanks bro!

you've help me learn more about solar through this website!


Rhode Island just started this year with the 25% grant after two years of not having any incentives.
I'll be included in the first batch of applications that will be submitted on the due date this Feb 12, 2013.

I'm not in a hurry, I'm just glad that RI is giving us 25% grant. Without that, I will not even consider getting a solar PV system.

and yes, I will report back here, once the system is installed.

sling
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Leaf Number: 18400
Location: Middle GA

Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:25 am

That seems high to me, I did a 1.5k system a little over a year ago for $4.7k before anything. I also did install myself so that might figure into it, but either way, my cost to kw was pretty high as things go - wish I had decided to do a larger system to bring costs down. Helped dad do a 5.6k system at his house for about $13k before anything. Again, we did all installation - obviously theres no labor warranty. And from what I've seen recently, prices on the panels are much less than they were when we bought and installed. After the feds and local incentives we are only going to owe 35% of the total cost. $1.15/kw for me and $0.81/kw for him
2012 Red SL, shoulda waited for 13.

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thew
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Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:11 pm

Awesome and Welcome to the Revolution.
We have been Solar Off Grid Ready since 2007. 5.6 KW With Battery Backup.. Works Great. We power a 50 Amp Service with most of the homes critical circuits, including the LEAF and our 2 Business :) .. No Power Outages here since 2007 !.. During our Wild Fires I am working away while the rest of the town is without power : ) .. We Love it.
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RAQ 5/6/11 Accepted, Confirmed
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5/10/11 AV EVSE Installed
Delivery 6/15/11
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thew
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Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:56 pm
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Location: Gold Beach OR
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Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:12 pm

Don't Forget your Battery Backup~.. !!
SKY888 wrote:Well,

I finally took a leap of faith today and signed the contract.

From 1kw = $4000, I was able to bring down the price to 1kw = $3,790



other 4 local vendors in RI, gave me 1kw = $4300. And two installers from MA quoted me a ridiculous 1kw = $5,000-$,6000 :o :o :o


roof is 30 degree angle and 174 degree azimuth
88%



anyways, here's my soon-to-be system!

7.2 kw PV system

30 x 240 watt Mage Solar modules
http://www.magesolar.com/nc/us/newsmess ... ows-1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

30 Solar Bridge Pantheon II microinverters (240 watts max AC)
http://solarbridgetech.com/products/our ... pantheon2/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Solar Bridge Management System (Power Manager & Power Portal)
http://solarbridgetech.com/products/our ... on/system/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

30 years warranty for both modules/microinverters
10 year labor warranty


$27,300 installed.


$27,300
- $6,825 (25% Rhode Island Grant)
_______
$20,475
- $6,142.50 (30% Fed tax credit)
__________
$14,332.50 final cost



basically $1.99 per watt! :)


This will be perfect for my Nissan Leaf and my household electricity! :)

The project will be submited to Rhode Island Energy Department, and once my installer gets the 25% grant, the project will start. My installer stated that he'll find out around march/april....then the project starts.

I'm hoping sooner! :)

I'll post photos during the installation...and of course after completion.
2011 Nissan LEAF Silver SL w/ QC port.
Reserved 5/5/11
RAQ 5/6/11 Accepted, Confirmed
5/5/11 AeroVironment Charge Dock ordered "Cash and Carry"
5/10/11 AV EVSE Installed
Delivery 6/15/11
http://www.DepotEco.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

QueenBee
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Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:14 pm

sling wrote:That seems high to me, I did a 1.5k system a little over a year ago for $4.7k before anything. I also did install myself so that might figure into it, but either way, my cost to kw was pretty high as things go - wish I had decided to do a larger system to bring costs down. Helped dad do a 5.6k system at his house for about $13k before anything. Again, we did all installation - obviously theres no labor warranty. And from what I've seen recently, prices on the panels are much less than they were when we bought and installed. After the feds and local incentives we are only going to owe 35% of the total cost. $1.15/kw for me and $0.81/kw for him

It might be a bit higher than other areas but it's pretty inline with pricing of under $4 per watt installed. Labor is very expensive unfortunately and that's something that is going to be hard to drive down as easily as the rest of the system prices have.

sling
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Leaf Number: 18400
Location: Middle GA

Re: 7.2 kw grid-tie system in Rhode Island

Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:45 am

thew wrote:Don't Forget your Battery Backup~.. !!
I think this was a grid tie system ;)
QueenBee wrote:It might be a bit higher than other areas but it's pretty inline with pricing of under $4 per watt installed. Labor is very expensive unfortunately and that's something that is going to be hard to drive down as easily as the rest of the system prices have.
Wow, glad i'm a do it yourselfer... never even looked at installer costs. Oooooorrrrrrrrr, maybe i should volunteer to install panels for 1/2 the cost of the best offer. I'd still make a killing even doing it "right" - meaning installing boots and such, NOT putting bolts through the roof causing leaks like i imagine many do
2012 Red SL, shoulda waited for 13.

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