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teacherman
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Thanks for sharing. I was tempted to sit down and talk to those people at Lowes (who trap you at the door as you go in) but was scared away by the pitch. Like you said, it's buyer beware. Do your homework first and then get everything in writing.

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I have a PV system with Netmetering.  It's a 2.8 kW system.  I also have a wind turbine at 2.4 kW.  Total cost was about $19k each.  This included Engineering, which was required for the permit.  I got the Federal tax rebate, and I also got about $6K back from the state.  This added up to almost, but not quite half of my expenditure.

It's been a very positive experience for me.  Only problem, the Utility here in CO has raised the base fee twice now.  It started at $9.99 per month, went up to $19.99, and now sits at $29.99.  Mountain View Electric claims to be pro-renewable, but their actions speak otherwise.  They have actually lowered the Usage Rate at the same time that they raised these fixed rates!  It pays to own a energy guzzling trophy home!

I run a surplus EVERY month, and get a check at the end of the year.  Now the check doesn't even cover the accrued fixed rate.

My complaint is mild though, as I really do enjoy the renewables, and the security of netmetering.  Yes, if I lose power, my units shut down.  Not a big deal - maybe once every 2 years.

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We have debated going grid tied or off grid, but here in Maine if there is a surplus in a year you lose it, so we will probably end up off grid

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Thanks for sharing this. It is really helplful

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