craigmartell
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Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:07 pm

I just met with Mark Davis from Mother Nature Solar (http://www.mothernaturesolar.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;). He seems like a really good guy and we decided on a 5.52 kW system at $3.79/watt. Total price installed $20920.80. After the California Solar Initiative and the Federal tax rebate, I'm looking at about $13.8K.

This seems like a really good deal to me. Agreed?

Craig

LindaK
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:10 pm

Sounds like a pretty big system. Are you powering your house too? Or do you just drive a heck of a lot more than me?

craigmartell
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:15 pm

We will put the house and the cars (both a Leaf and a Volt) on the same meter. 5.52 kW will hopefully get us down to just Tier 2. We do use about 1000 kWh per month before the cars.

Craig

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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:19 am

Another possibility...maybe...

http://blog.rmi.org/blog_FHA_PowerSaver ... eal_Around
What if you could get a 20-year, no-money-down loan for a home solar photovoltaic (“PV”) system costing up to $25,000 with only a 5 percent to 7 percent interest rate? And then pocket the 30 percent investment tax credit worth $7,500 or possibly more?
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craigmartell
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:25 pm

AndyH wrote:Another possibility...maybe...

http://blog.rmi.org/blog_FHA_PowerSaver ... eal_Around
What if you could get a 20-year, no-money-down loan for a home solar photovoltaic (“PV”) system costing up to $25,000 with only a 5 percent to 7 percent interest rate? And then pocket the 30 percent investment tax credit worth $7,500 or possibly more?
No need. This deal is good enough that I don't need to finance it.

Craig

leafedbehind
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:32 pm

That does seem like a good deal. The quotes I've gotten (I'm in Mountain View CA) are much higher than that. They are not passing the lower panel prices on to consumers, at least not in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, it looks like Mother Nature Solar doesn't install in the south bay or peninsula.
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craigmartell
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:24 am

leafedbehind wrote:That does seem like a good deal. The quotes I've gotten (I'm in Mountain View CA) are much higher than that. They are not passing the lower panel prices on to consumers, at least not in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, it looks like Mother Nature Solar doesn't install in the south bay or peninsula.
You might want to Mark a call to see. I bet he would install in Mountain View. I live way down in San Juan Bautista (south of Gilroy), and he drove down personally on Saturday. He is starting the install this week.

QueenBee
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:57 pm

LindaK wrote:Sounds like a pretty big system. Are you powering your house too? Or do you just drive a heck of a lot more than me?
I don't think there is anyone that has a solar PV system which is just used to charge an EV unless they are charging off the grid. AFAIC if you can get your utility to buy pack your excess electricity you should get the biggest system you can afford/fit on your roof efficiently.

Craig, I've corresponded with Mark a few times and I really like his attitude. His pricing is excellent so I suspect he'll keep himself pretty busy. How did your install go?

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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:37 pm

My Sunpower 7.6 KW system here on the Big Island of Hawaii is right at $19k. Good luck Aloha
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Re: Is this a good deal? It looks pretty good to me . . .

Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:59 pm

downeykp wrote:My Sunpower 7.6 KW system here on the Big Island of Hawaii is right at $19k. Good luck Aloha
That's after rebates, yes?

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