Case Study: Solar by the Numbers

Eric of Marlborough

Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water

 

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Kilowatt-hours, utility rates, SREC prices, rebate amounts, tax credits, net costs…the variety of numbers associated with installing solar energy systems can be mind-boggling. But for those with an appetite for data, solar-related numbers deliver a lot of satisfaction.

Eric of Marlborough, MA, is one of those customers. He waited years to install solar: “I became interested in the whole solar energy concept in grade school. In junior high, solar electricity was so expensive only NASA could afford it. I kept it in the back of my mind, and finally, the opportune time came–costs were within reach, and I was in a position to jump in.”

Since his 5,040-watt solar electric system went live in May 2010, Eric has tracked his production and savings diligently. So without further ado, we’ll let his numbers speak for themselves.

 

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Eric on solar electric costs: “I was a little apprehensive regarding solar electric at first, because of the substantial commitment involved financially, plus the usual contractor-related give and take. It was a leap of faith for me, but one I felt was the right thing to do. I have been pleasantly surprised. The system performs very well, and now has a couple years of performance under its belt. I am very happy with my systems.”

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