Is SOLAR Worth It? 5 Years Later with Solar Panels

Is SOLAR Worth It? 5 Years Later with Solar Panels

Updated 2019 Version Available! https://youtu.be/LvoLyQfesL8

I decided to get Solar Panels in July of 2011, and now with almost 7 years of data, I thought I’d share my finding, and what you can expect if you decide to go with Sola Panels or PV Cells!

I talk about whether Solar Panels are worth it, my Solar Output, Solar Panel Warranty, Solar Calculators, and More!

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My first piece of advice, is to buy less panels than you need, and slowly add to your system over time. These panels are getting more and more efficient, and cheaper by the year. I paid $10,000 for 5 235w panels for a total system of 1,175watts. But now, I could get 10 305 watt panels for a similar price.

So if you’re interested in solar, consider getting a small system now, and building on it over time. With Enphase Micro inverters, your system will be very modular and you can easily add more panels in the future.

We highly recommend the Enphase M250 micro inverters especially if you have trees or other structures that might cause shading issues on your panels. With micro inverters, you’ll have a micro-inverter attached to each solar panel, where as a regular inverter will attach to many solar panels.

If you interested in learning more about how shading effects your panels, or other details on how solar collection works, please leave us a comment, and we can create a follow on video outlining these details.

Get get access to your data, and view your solar panel performance, you’ll need a communication gateway like the Enphase Envoy. With this, you’ll get lifetime data storage, access and nothing is cooler than seeing just how your panels are performing.

We recommend you clean your solar panels at least a few time a year, because in our testing, clean solar panels output about 4% more power than dirty ones, and this number will only get bigger the dirtier they are. The best way to clean solar panels is with a window cleaner and squeegee on a wand.

Thanks so much for tuning in guys! We love making these kinds of videos, and sharing our experience and knowledge. Please ask questions or comments we’ll definitely get back to you!

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Chris & Ricky

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Two Bit da Vinci says:

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Shantelle Adeline says:

On the Avasva you can count on professional help with problems and technical support.

Greg p says:

In 2019, mine paid for themselves in 4 months. I'm totally off grid in Florida.

scott thompson says:

Excellent Video. My DIY installation includes Solaredge 7.6kw
Inverter, 24 panels, 24 Solaredge 320w Optomizers, 42 Rocket mounts, and
42 roof flashing. Total cost with permits, wire, conduit after the tax
credit was 9,450 (13.5k less 30% tax credit). Total install time was
about 20 hours, research time was about 40. to date have generated
28.24 MwH. Payback time has been 4.5 yrs, and for the next 15 years, we
will pay approx $1 per month for electricity.

scott thompson says:

Excellent Video. My DIY installation includes Solaredge 7.6kw
Inverter, 24 panels, 24 Solaredge 320w Optomizers, 42 Rocket mounts, and
42 roof flashing. Total cost with permits, wire, conduit after the tax
credit was 9,450 (13.5k less 30% tax credit). Total install time was
about 20 hours, research time was about 40. to date have generated
28.24 MwH. Payback time has been 4.5 yrs, and for the next 15 years, we
will pay approx $1 per month for electricity.

admiralking says:

One of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen! Thank you for your efforts.

westerntui says:

Ypor panels will clap out and the inverter will need replacing at about the 6 -10 year mark lol

GRAPH says:

Great video bro… Im looking to buy a home and this really did help

CW1116 says:

Your chart with the many years of the "cost-per-watt" for solar panels is way, way off. It is now 2020 and the cost of 385w – 410w solar panels is around $1.00/watt ($370 – $415/panel)…… NOT under 30 cents/watt in 2016 like your graph implies. I think that you mis-read the graph and it was actually $3.00 (not $0.30) per watt. I just installed a 16,960w array of 44 385w panels. The panels alone cost me over $15,000. The entire system – finished & operational – cost $25,000 installed and I should see about 22,000kWh of production per year.

asus says:

what is batteries life span, thanks

Stu Dunn says:

Just so you know, the way you calculated payback based on your energy providers tier system isn't very accurate. Much closer to just 20 cents per kwh you produce, which at only 10.5MWh would be $2100, if you covered all your usage this would be how you would calculate the breakeven cost. So for a full system your 6-7MWh per year you would need a good bit more than 8 years to breakeven.

Kaserina WD says:

Live in California. I installed a 7.8kW PV system in 2015 which covered all my usage (leaky old house with HVAC use in summer). I was spending ~$3000/yr. My cost for system after rebate was about $15000. ROI ~5 yrs. I figured even during those five years I was earning $3000/$15000= 20% on my investment (it was earning virtually nothing in the bank). So it was a no brainer. Last year I paid $135 for the year. It was basically the minimum grid tied fee ~$11/month. Tip: 1. own don't lease. 2. Buy panels and equipment from a reputable company and reputable manufacturer because a warranty means nothing if they are no longer around.

steve S says:

a watt and a kilowatt are not the same. 1,000 watts make a killowatt.

Michael Duncan says:

Thanks for doing that. Helped a lot

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