Wednesday, March 13, 2013

General prices

I spend a lot of time writing up proposals to have the customer say that was more then they wanted to spend. So I decided to post some general renewable energy system prices to help with the shock of pricing.

Now keep in mind that each project is different and will need to be field verified.  Also prices change all the time on equipment.

Solar rack is sometimes costly starting with cheapest to the most expensive. Roof, ground mount, and then top of pole mount is how the cost break down goes.

Solar Grid connected:

12- panels on the roof installed cost around $13,500 and up. This is my average size install.

12 panels on a ground mount system cost around $15,000 and up.

12 panels on a top of pole mount rack system costs around $17,500 and up.

Solar panels have leveled off on price. The same system 5 years ago would have been almost doubled. 

Off-grid Solar:

6 panels on ground mount system with inverters, batteries, and installed. Starts around $16,000 and go up from there. It also depends on the racking which can drive the cost up from there. Plus the more batteries you use the more it costs as well.

Small wind: (grid tied only)

I only carry to brands Bergey and Evance. These two companies have both been around 15 plus years and have been through a second party verification testing.

Evance only has a 5kw and Bergey has a 5kw as well. Both cost about the same.
On a 60' tower installed is around $65.000. The Evance I can only get a 60' tower. The Bergey I can go as 120' on a tower. The tower is what drives the cost up. But higher the better. Sticking a windmill on a short tower. Is like sticking solar panels in the shade.

Bergey 10kw on a 100' tower starts at $75,000 and goes up from there. I installed one of these last year at this price. I think since that time the price has gone up. Windmills need rare earth magnets. Rare earth magnets come from China. China is hold on to their magnets for their on wind projects.

Now keep in mind they all need to be field verified and could be less. I am basing my prices on projects I have done in the past or quoted recently. Each project is different.

I will say solar offers the best value for your money and is the most flexible then small wind. Solar you can start with one panels and add on as you like. Small wind that's it, you get what you get for that generator size.

I'm not trying to scare anyone off from doing this at there home or small business. But  I'm trying to give you a heads up as well. It takes a lot of time to figure these projects out and if you are going to get sticker shock then we are both wasting our time.

I have both solar and small wind at my home. It has been the best thing that I could do for myself. I think it's worth but i does cost money. Sometimes a lot of money. But you are securing your energy future. You are locking in your electrical cost in at today's price.

If after reading this post and are still interested in installing a system for yourself. I would more then love to talk to you about a price and a system that is right for you.

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