What better day to turn the switch on a new PV (photovoltaic) array than Earth Day. Well, on 4/22/2009 I did just that. I am now the proud new owner of a 2.8kW (14 panels, each 200 W) grid-tie system. This is something that I have wanted to do for years and then about 2 months ago everything started to fall into place. I found panels for a great price ($3.25/Watt), the incentives were good enough, AND Rocky Mtn power changed their buy-back policy to “full retail”, which means that they buy it from me at the same rate that I buy it from them.
update : as of 5/22/209 (one month after going “live”) I have overproduced (produced more than I use) 100 kW-hr! Not a big deal in terms of $$$, but the point is that I am producing more electricity than I am using. woohoo!
pictures here. A more detailed story soon.