Submitted by info on March 31, 2013
I signed up with SolarCity for a 20 year prepaid lease system. On the last day to cancel, I was contacted by RealSolar. A "comparable" system was 40% cheaper. I haven't examined exactly what is provided in detail, but from a cursory reading it appears that the systems ARE the same. RealSolar indicated that they had special "micro-inverters" that SC didn't. Who knows? I know that several folks have experience with both companies. It is not unusal that the SC prices are a bit high. I am very fond of my Tesla and since SC and Tesla are linked, I'm comfortable to help Tesla in any way I can, but 40% more is beyond my comfort zone. Any ideas? Experience? Tips? or anything else to help me make a decision. As an aside, I didn't really have to worry about this because I could charge at work due to the fact that there was an outlet right next to my parking spot. (Not exactly a coincidence--I have a friend who is an electricial who wired it on a Sunday.) The problem is that the only available electricity was the security gate. After six weeks of intermittent problems it was discovered that the security gate doesn't work when the Tesla is charging.
I'm very popular in my building now.