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  •  15 Solar World 240 watt panels (1+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle

    I went with a local installer that I found via the famed Internet and I was pleased with their work. They are West Seattle Natural Energy, a nice "mom and pop" outfit that was really busy at the end of the year. However they got my system installed before Dec. 31 so I could get the tax credit, which is substantial: 30% of total system cost.

    When buying the panels in WA there are some things to consider. You get a rebate for energy you send up the grid (i.e. surplus you don't use yourself). In summer, this will be a substantial portion of what you create. The size of the per-kilowatt rebate depends on a couple things. The base number is 12 cents (I believe). However, if you get panels made in WA that goes up to 34 cents, and if you use inverters from WA as well it goes up to around 50 cents.

    Since I could get the panels immediately, and they were cheaper I went with panels and inverters from an Oregon company. Thus my initial investment is smaller, and I get the tax credit this year instead of next. Also, I feel the risk of Washington State dropping those incentives some time in the next five years to be substantial. The state is strapped and that extra rebate is liable to get cut.

    Anyway, my payoff is about eight years. After that whatever I send up the line is free money. Hope that helps!

    There is a difference between a responsible gun owner, and one that's gotten lucky...so far.

    by BeerNotWar on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:43:30 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for the info (0+ / 0-)

      8 years is a great return on investment.  For my brother he figured it would be 12 years.  The time frame for getting the tax credits is something I'll take into account.  I'll let you know if I have more questions.

      As of this morning November 7, 2012 the Includers are ascendant, and the Excluders are in the minority. [samsoneyes]

      by FlamingoGrrl on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:40:27 AM PST

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      •  Just got a letter from WA Revenue office (0+ / 0-)

        My rebate will be 15 cents per kWh. Apparently you need to apply for the rebate every year by August.

        There is a difference between a responsible gun owner, and one that's gotten lucky...so far.

        by BeerNotWar on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:27:54 PM PST

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