I will provide all you need to know about the best residential solar power systems, manufacturers, ratings, evaluations and how to determine if the cost is justifiable.
Energy independence is an exciting prospect, but getting there is finally becoming a reality for the masses.
Why all the confusion? Solar power remains largely an immature industry. Significant advances in technology at a frantic pace are changing what is available and cost effect. This results in a tremendous amount of old, inefficient product. The manufacturers try to sell what they already produced and installers push:
- what they have in stock
- what they can sell
- what makes them the most money NOW
- and what works today.
A similar situation happened to me last year when I was evaluating a new HVAC system. I had decided on a Carrier system for many reasons. The salesman said, “Yes, we can sell Carrier, but I would like to also provide a quote for a Bryant system.” He said, “Carrier and Bryant are the same systems, Carrier is just more expensive.” I told him that it wasn’t a problem, as long as the systems were identical. He said, “Oh, well the Bryant system isn’t exactly the same, but I’ll quote it so you can compare.” I never received a quote and never heard from the salesman or company again. In the end, they could not sell me what I wanted and were pushing what they could rep, or what they had in the warehouse.
Let’s cut through the crap and figure this out together. I am tired of writing a check to the electric company every month and I’m tired of being sold to. I want to enable everyone to know which systems are the best and to demand nothing less!
Let me know what information would be helpful when you are evaluating solar power systems for your home.
John Holsinger, the Solar Scientist