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Unread 2021-01-11, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Lets talk DIY Solar..... anyone done it yet?

As the title suggests, I am curious if anyone local has started a DIY solar project?
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Not yet, but planning to build a pergola with bifacial solar panels.
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Not yet, but planning to build a pergola with bifacial solar panels.
So nothing on your house. Just the pergola? That cool... how many watts do you think you can fit up there?
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So nothing on your house. Just the pergola? That cool... how many watts do you think you can fit up there?
For now. I have a shake shingle roof, and unfortunately itís still in good shape, but I donít want to invest anything into the roof that will need to come down over the next few years. I havenít finalized my design, but Iím going for something like this...


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/\ I really like that setup. We have been talking about doing a covered patio or larger three seasons room. That may be something to consider.
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I have priced it out every year and just can’t make it make sense. My electricity is 4.9cents per kWh 8 months of the year and 11cents the other 4months. The break even point even with tax credits is over 10 years and that is just breaking even and counting no maintenance costs. Power is too cheap here for it to make financial sense.
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I have priced it out every year and just canít make it make sense. My electricity is 4.9cents per kWh 8 months of the year and 11cents the other 4months. The break even point even with tax credits is over 10 years and that is just breaking even and counting no maintenance costs. Power is too cheap here for it to make financial sense.
Dang, thatís cheap. Evergy in the KS side is about 13 cents per kWh with all taxes and fees added. Iím in the TOU plan. I pay 26 cents between 4pm and 8pm (M-F only), 6 cents from midnight to 6 am, and 13 cents the rest of the time. Itís nice to charge the car starting at midnight for cheap.
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Dang, thatís cheap. Evergy in the KS side is about 13 cents per kWh with all taxes and fees added. Iím in the TOU plan. I pay 26 cents between 4pm and 8pm (M-F only), 6 cents from midnight to 6 am, and 13 cents the rest of the time. Itís nice to charge the car starting at midnight for cheap.
Is there a chart somewhere to help do this math to find my break-even point?

I am on Evergy as well.
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Is there a chart somewhere to help do this math to find my break-even point?

I am on Evergy as well.
Evergy has a tool that shows you the costs. It doesnít show you the math behind it, only the dollar amounts based on last year. For me with a Tesla and a swimming pool, it was an easy decision. I just moved my pool pump timer to shut off at 4, and set the timer on the car to charge at midnight. We just made a few changes like not running the dish washer or dry clothes between 4 and 8 M-F. We also use timers more on appliances like the dish washer and dryer (if thereís a load of towels where we donít care about wrinkles.
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