Aren't they beautiful?

 

 

'Tis a sight to behold, it really is.  There are two more panels on the other side, we had one extra panel given to us by the company after a very small booboo.  So that's seventeen REC 250w panels all up producing just above a 4 kilowatt system.  You can faintly see the red box inverter through the green cloth of the shade house.  Our roof has a very steep pitch, making it ideal for capturing those glorious rays.  We run a pretty low cost home with the fridge, chest freezer, washing machine and dish washer being the main guzzlers.  I'm dreaming of one of these one day.  With no TV or A/C and generally not much in the way of other electronics (yes, we most definitely have a computer), for now we seem to be running in credit with our electricity bill.  We are currently hooked up to the grid and feed back in to gain that credit, but the intention is to upgrade to a stand alone system with more panels and battery storage once the prices reduce and our budget allows.  One of the reasons we chose our current system is because it can easily be adapted to stand alone with the extra panels and battery storage.  Not all panels convert over, so depending on what your plans are down the track, if you are interested in generating your power through solar, and are also wishing for a stand alone, then my advice is to shop around and do your research.  After a couple of minor teething issues, we are thrilled with the product we bought and the service we received.


Installment in action...