Is Solar Worth It? 5 Years after installing Solar Panels, I Share what I learned on my Journey

Is Solar Worth It? 5 Years after installing Solar Panels, I Share what I learned on my Journey

I decided to get Solar Panels in July of 2011, and now with almost 6 years of data, I thought I’d share my finding, and what you can expect if you decide to go Solar or PV Cells!

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 ,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!

19 Comments on “Is Solar Worth It? 5 Years after installing Solar Panels, I Share what I learned on my Journey”

  1. Sop really what yo8u are saying is that the more you generate the more your going to pay. Jajajajaja

  2. its a matter of is this viable for an apartment? even if its using an off grid system for the non-system linked (like lights/ovan). Would you say it is worth it for this?

  3. Solar Power Magazine started with one solar panel on a shed 30 years later newer solar panels added the original panel is still in use paid for itself many times over

  4. @Two Bit da Vinci. you forgot compounding interest my man. energy increases at 8% a year so if you save 780 this year next year it will be 842 and so on. so it is actually 7 year break even

  5. I work for a utility in the midwest in metering. I can tell you that solar panels take about 15 years to pay off. If you're going to have solar then use what you produce. The solar panel companies are very deceiving. Be careful….

  6. ACTUALLY, the cost was $10,000. The gov just forced your nieghbors to subsidize you. AND your taxes paid for it to.

    So, $10,000 MINUS what you could be making with that $10K invested is your first figure. Your payout time in reality is ~13 years.

    So, if you live in a place that long…You break EVEN. No advantage to no solar.

  7. Thank you for your input …….. the most amazing about your input is that it is from solar panel user

  8. You should include the tax deduction, that’s everyone’s money that paid taxes . Nothing is free , not even the deduction. Solar is a great thing an should be able to stand on its own two feet without the government involvement.

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