Submitted by SCCRENDO on 14. September 2013
Have also posted in Southern Cal section but am looking for some guidance as regards solar panels. Looks like there are many traps and pitfalls in this industry.
Trying to get some quotes in Southern California. Need a largish system base on driving my MS 100 miles a day. Bill now $400 per month with $150 from the MS. Suspect I need a 13 + kw system. Solar city tends to push leases but to me it sees that I will need to let them drill my roof to just save $50 per month. At the end of 20 years you do not own your panels. Leases probably don't increase the value of you property and you may have issues transferring the lease. A purchase seems to increase the value of the property and may last up to 40 years. The quotes I am getting from Solar City are $62,000 down to $32,000 after rebates. Sunpower claim higher quality panels and their quote is similar for an 11.7 kw system. Too me theses quotes seem on the high side but would appreciate any input and pros and cons of various systems.