I am curious about the effectiveness of solar powered homes. It has been a few years since these incentives were put in place. I would like to hear from people who have actually added solar power to their homes for at least 3 years. I would like to know their experience and how much they are actually saving vs. their investment over and above the tax incentives. What is the real break even point in years. Also, does the efficiency of the solar panels degrades with time? How does it affect the sale and value of your home? How does weather events affect your daily usage?
You will be surprised to know how difficult it is to get these data.
Most solar related website have some estimators that are based on best case scenario.
My personal experience with some solar cells (in other applications) is that it is not very reliable. Also, there is a limit to the duty cycle of charging and re-charging in the case where a battery backup is involved. For long term use, I would guess this would be a major issue.
Anyway, I would appreciate an honest assessment of where we are with solar power in 2015.
Thanks for any input.
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What use is a solar powered flashlight when the electricity goes out at 11p.m. at night?
by Daniel J. Neumann 7 years ago
What would happen if a solar flare super-charged our magnetosphere?How would Americans (and 1st world nations) react to all power suddenly being shut off for 4-14 years (according to the NASA report)? What would you do?
by PhoenixV 5 years ago
What Are Some Solar Powered Appliances On The Market Today?I have seen some solar powered radios on the market. Are there any other kinds of devices that are powered by solar, where the ability to use solar is built in?
by solar.power 7 years ago
Is solar power to capital expensive?Can you justify the purcahse of solar power. Does it have an adequate pay back period?
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