At Community Solar, we’re all about lowering cost and increasing value. In this serendipitous circumstance, we were able to refer an 8kW project lead to our first enrollee in The Glass-Slapper’s Guide to Solar Design within two weeks of enrollment! Not only did we lower our student’s cost of NABCEP PV recertification, we also increased his local business!
Here’s what happened:
(11 days ago)
Grid City Energy registers as our first NABCEP re-certification enrollee!
(6 days ago)
PROJECT LEAD: Hello everyone. I am thinking of going solar. A year ago a LEASING COMPANY came by and wanted to do a lease deal, but it only offered $80 savings for a whole year, so I turned them down. Recently, a solar installation company came around and offered an option to buy. The system runs around $27,000 and will produce 100% of my power. Do you think BIDDER 1 is a good choice? I live in Suffolk County, NY. Just wondering what everyone thinks. I am thinking this is too good to pass up but I have no experience in this.
Edit. had BIDDER 2 come by with a 7.6kW running about $27k
Edit 2. Another BIDDER 4 quoted me 28k for a 8.25kw
Installer 1: Seek out a reputable local installer. Major installers can almost never be as cost effective, that goes doubly for BIDDER 1 – who recently rolled out a commission plan to sales reps that will further encourage inflated prices.
Owner 1: Honestly that seems a little pricey to me, that’s $4.90/watt. I paid $25k for a 9 kw system on the west coast. Maybe that’s the market over there, but I’d get another quote or two to compare.
PROJECT LEAD: I’ll have to give them a try then. That’s a huge difference.
Owner 2: Man I can’t stress enough to go with a local company that has experience doing installs. Buy LOCAL! I hear to much of out of town companies screwing people over, price wise $$$ and installs. They might be over there because of the rebates, so they know people will buy. Not saying all companies are like this. But buying local is safer.
Owner 3: Just had my 6.84 kW system installed last year (NJ) and I paid $2.70 / watt total. I went with a smaller local company and they did a very clean install – I agree to keep shopping around for a better price. I have my contractors cell phone and when I had a question last month he text me right back with an answer – I’m really happy I went with a local company.
BIDDER 3: We can do a 20 panel Sunpower system for 20k 6.4kw w/ solar edge or a jinko system with solar edge 6.16kw for 14k. Both before tax credits. Direct message me for more information.
Installer 2: Get two or three more quotes, that’s the best way to keep everyone honest. There are plenty of good local installers on Long Island.
Author: John Cromer, instructor
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