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    Odysseus

    I don't mean to pry into your personal affairs, but I am very curious as to what the total installed cost was. You can get a lot of ballpark estimates online, and I suppose if I wanted to listen to a sales pitch I could ask an installer for an estimate, but this is an opportunity to ask an actual homeowner how much he actually paid for a 4KW system, parts, labor & all. If you don't mind sharing that information I would love to have it.

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    by Reston history guy on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 05:54:47 AM PDT

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      Odysseus, joelado

      But ours was a bit unusual too.  It cost about 19,000, but that included building a fair bit of framework to hold panels that could not lay flat on the roof due to the issues with siting - didn't have an unshaded patch of roof that pointed in the right direction.  

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      by Chico David RN on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 06:37:43 AM PDT

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        joelado

        Thanks! I am mulling over the possibility of using some distributions from an IRA to go solar, and real-life data like yours is invaluable.

        Something has gone very wrong with America, not just its economy, but its ability to function as a democratic nation. And it’s hard to see when or how that wrongness will get fixed. Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

        by Reston history guy on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 06:53:25 AM PDT

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      •  I'm hoping to go solar in my new house (1+ / 0-)
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        joelado

        We are down sizing, (kind a) we live in the city and want to buy a two or three flat (two story or three story rental) and I want to go solar.  Was your out of pocket 19K or was that the total price and the government incentives brought the price down.  I'm hoping to keep the cost to around 10K.

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