I now have my solar panels installed! This isn’t the greatest picture but I was backed up at the end of my yard trying to get a better view. The good news is I hardly notice them on my house since they are in the back. I have 40-260w panels for a total of 10.4 kW of generating capacity. I also have two inverters on the side of my house that convert the solar power that is DC power into usable AC power. This should more than cover at least half my usage (approx. 60% at current usage levels). The only problem is they aren’t live yet on the grid.
The panels were about a month behind schedule due to a tremendous amount of rain we’ve received in central Texas over the last month. This led to over 4 weeks of delays.
If you read my post back on Sept 7th, posted here, the panels were supposed to be installed by the end of last month. Well they finally finished up last week and a proposal was just sent in to the city for inspection. The city has to come out and do two separate inspections, one for the panels, and one for the electrical system.
So I’m looking at being able to generate solar power by the year’s end. This process took longer than expected but I’ll get to enjoy a lower utility bill for the entire 2014 year.
I’ll be sure and post updates on how my production is going versus the projections I received. I’m also getting a monitoring system installed so I can see from my phone how much power I’m generating at any minute of the day.