Thanks Reg - although somewhat facetious, it's a great discussion.
I'll find a way to install a solar system when:
- SolarEdge/Pika Energy or similar builds a hybrid/bidirectional converter that allows my EV battery to be used as energy storage if I so choose. Likely will be a DC coupled system (IMHO).
- A smart phone app is available to seamlessly arbitrage the (Houston,Texas area) energy costs for my home - based on the highs and lows of $/Kwh (ranges from a negative couple of cents to $9). This app must also allow me to manage my EV travel energy requirements AND be able to smart charge my EV (at the right times).
- The EV I choose will provide a warranty for bidirectional energy based on smart charge protocols.
- System must be grid tied (obviously), but manage an emergency panel off-grid.
- Meanwhile I'll keep tweaking my 7000 watt conventional grid tied systems that are installed at my "solar friendly" cabin location. I can solar charge my old Leaf (off grid), however, getting energy back is another issue - although there are plenty of kludges
No excuses about trees, roof orientation, HOA rules, codes, etc, etc. The pay back in my case, being retired and flexible with EV travel is a combination of energy cost savings and basic EV economics - which even in the ERCOT environment look very good. I don't believe it is too far off that such a commercial, warranted system will come available.
2012 Leaf SL; 43,000 miles. Battery replaced November 1st, 2016.