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Possibly Adding Solar Panels

March 28, 2009

My husband and I are toying with the idea of solar panels on our roof. We looked into it, and it seems like it could be a viable option. The company that seems to be our best fit is CitizenRe- they are the only company I can find that services our area, with just one certified installation tech. This is a leasing program, which makes the solar panels an option to us in the first place- there is no way we could afford the upfront cost to purchase them! But we have to be sure that the monthly savings by producing our own energy will be more than the cost to rent the panels.  They also require a $500 deposit, which may be returned to us at the end of our lease, be it one, five or 25 years. That’s not bad- it’s like renting an apartment.

Another thing we had to consider was enough space. We have a large roof area that faces west, so the sun exposure will not be a problem. No large trees or neighbors in that direction either, just a golf course.

I’m very excited at the prospect of  having solar panels. Hopefully we will be able to find out what the monthly rental fee will be, and be able to overcome any other road blocks that tend to arise with this kind of equipment. Sadly, solar panels are difficult for many people to consider. They are either not in a service area, do not have enough sun exposure, or cannot afford the upfront cost.

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