I got a quote from a local company for solar and was surprised at how expensive it was going to be. With financing, even with a long 20-year loan, the payments were more costly than the savings the system would provide, which seems counterproductive. Paying it off quicker or just paying cash still seemed like a pretty bad investment after crunching the numbers.
This quote was for LG panels and microinverters, with 25yr warranty on everything including labor. It was about 45% higher than what Tesla's website is advertising for a similarly-sized system. With Tesla, I can even get 4 powerwalls and it's only slightly more than my quote for solar only, and then I'd have power after the next hurricane, which changes the math since the system is actually providing an extra service (keeping the power on during outages) rather than just lowering my electric bill. I could stomach my overall energy bill going up slightly if it means uninterrupted power after the next hurricane.
Unfortunately, there's not a lot of info on Tesla's website on what you actually get, which is a little concerning. What's the catch? Why so much cheaper? Does this include the cost of install, permits, inverter(s), miscellaneous equipment, etc? What kind of panels do they use? What kind of inverters? How do they install on weird-shaped roofs that might not fit the long rectangular block of panels that they depict on their website? Can it be broken up into smaller pieces? Can it be placed diagonally? How can they provide a quote without even evaluating the roof? How long will everything take? What does the warranty cover?
There's no information about any of this on their website. They want us to just pick one of 4 sizes and give them $100 and permission to start permits without any info about what we're actually getting or how the process works?
Can anyone who has gone though this provide any of those answers?
My main concern is the shape of my roof. The South side is not just a flat slab of roof that would fit what they're showing on their website, so unless they can break that up somehow, it's not going to work and I don't want to give them $100 along with permission to start getting permits.
Thanks in advance for any info about what Tesla is actually offering.