Look at this:
That’s MY roof those PV panels are going up on….mine, mine, all mine! I blogged about it last week and now it has actually happened.
Yes, I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet and spend some money on a good cause—reducing my carbon footprint.
A couple of months ago, out of the blue, a nearby friend had a 4 kW solar system installed. I went instantly into deep green envy mode.
Twelve months ago, I had obtained a quote from a supplier for a small 1.5 kW system, but had decided it was a tad too expensive for me, what with interest rates heading ever downwards and my income following suit. So I was astounded to see the quote she was given—only slightly higher than the one I was given, but for a system between 2 and 3 times bigger. It seems that the price of PV panels has come down quite a lot.
She couldn’t speak highly enough of the person from MSJ Solar Energy System who signed her up. I was at her home on the day it was being installed and was able to ask the installers a lot of questions. They were very nice, helpful guys, too. I was waiting for the proposed rollout of electricity Smart Meters to hit my neighbourhood and as soon as it happened, I rang MSJ and their consultant came out the next day.
So I’m now the owner of a 4 kW solar PV system. My worries about not having a north-facing roof were apparently of no consequence—some panels have been installed on the east-facing section and some (the majority) facing the west. The installers say they do this all the time.
There are 20 panels—yikes!—because they are slightly smaller at 195 watts, than the usual 250 watt panels. 20 x 195 = 3900 watts or 3.9 kW—close enough to 4 kW to brag about.
The system has been turned off and locked and I have to wait for an independent inspector come out and officially unlock it and turn it on. Then I will be generating power from the sun. How good will that feel?
The energy supplier then has to come out and reconfigure the meter so that it registers what is going into the grid. I believe they have to do this within 4 weeks of the system being turned on. You can bet they’ll take every bit of that time, because I’ll be providing power to the grid during that time and won’t be credited for it.
Ready to go! Waiting for Houston to declare lift-off:
Roll on summer! I’m looking forward to my first energy bill. If I get one at all, that is!
If you are anywhere in Melbourne or Victoria—and I know a few of my readers are—and you are thinking of going solar, please give MSJ a call for a quote. You won’t be disappointed in their service. And if you mention my name (this blog anyway), I get a $100 bonus! How good is that?