March 30, 2017
Lets talk about cost estimation. Just like other investments in life, when you are ready to buy a solar system it is a good idea to estimate what it should cost you so that you have a general idea of what prices you should see on quotes presented by different companies in your area. In this post you will learn how to estimate the cost of your solar system in 3 simple steps. Here is how you do it:
1) Call your electricity provider and tell them that you want know your electricity demand over the past year. They may tell you directly over the phone or even provide you with your last 12 electricity bills. If they provide you with bills, all you have to do is add up your usage for all 12 months, so break out your calculator! Your bills will look something like the picture below. Circled is the usage for a single month.
2) Before we actually crunch the numbers based on your total, there are two numbers that you need to remember: 2500 & 2000. 2500 kWh is the amount of energy generated by 1 kW of solar. 1 kW of solar costs about $2000 to install.
3) Now time for more math! Multiply your annual energy usage by $2000/kW and divide that number by 2500 kWh/kw. For example if your total electricity usage was 15000 kWh you would enter the following into your calculator:
And you should get $12000.
So if by your estimates your system should cost $12000 but a company is quoting you $22000. Then you know that either they will design a diamond encrusted solar system for you (which by the way serves no purpose in meeting your energy needs) or there is some funny business going on. Either way, being informed about any industry is critical to making sound purchase decisions, and now you are equipped to do just that!
What will your solar system cost? You will be surprised at your number! Post as a comment!
March 13, 2017
Lets talk about service. How much maintenance do solar systems really need? Is this covered in my solar system purchase? Do I need to do anything?
When designed and installed well solar systems require very little service because they have very few moving parts. However, when service is required rest assured that there are plans that spring into effect. All major system components are covered by product and performance warranties.
A product warranty protects the products from physical defects or issues, unaffiliated with the system owner, that would affect the performance of the system. An example of a product warranty claim would be a product that was damaged during shipping to our facility. A performance warranty protects the performance of the product within acceptable parameters. An example of a performance warranty claim is a panel that although unshaded consistently under-performs. A workmanship warranty protects the installation and ensures that it was done properly and correctly.
The major components of Humium Energy solar systems are covered by 25 year warranty. For example, racking, panels, and inverters are protected by a 25 year product and performance warranty. These service products, combined with Humium’s workmanship warranty allows us to meet all of your service needs.
March 5, 2017