Sunday, December 12, 2010:  Updated February 20, 2017

Buying Panels

As luck would have it, the day before I bought our solar system, the 25% rebate offered by the state of Utah was discontinued. Ah crap! Too late now, I'm committed regardless.

Above is a picture of my order (that wholesaler took in Nov 2010) before being loaded on the truck in California and to shipped to my house in Utah.
I took out a $22,800 home equity loan for the panels but initially paid using credit cards. If you get 1% cash back on all purchases and pay off the balance before the due date, why not? That knocked off $214.65, more than enough to buy a remote power monitoring hardware/software and Internet gateway package. It's called TED5000.  Cool! Snort snort.

Here it is being unloaded at my house.

For our anniversary, I told my wife I was buying something beautiful, expensive and that sparkles in the sunlight. For some reason she was not as excited as I was when it arrived on the truck. 

Update:  3/7/2013
You can now buy an entire 5kW solar system (panels, racking, inverters) for just over $8000. This is before tax credits and utility rebates. Your actual out-of pocket expense for all this equipment will be much, much less.