Cheap4-life said:There is grid tie inverters out there (more than one) that allow the user to avoid talking to the utility at all. Zero export, limiting etc. This imo is a better option financially. User can then save all the excess power they want to that their solar produces by increasing the size of their battery bank. Batteries are becoming cheaper. Exporting power to the utility to buy back later can lead to minimal savings. In my area and many areas of the USA, the electric companies say a home owner can not touch any part of the renewable install. For me that meant $26000 to have the size setup that I installed myself for $7000. I wouldnt spend 26k for electricity in a lifetime. So I ignored them because in the end my money is more important than their rules.
I am of exactly like mind. I priced out a system I could install myself for ~$10k with batteries and basically exist fine in terms of power if there were an apocalypse and grid power stopped working all together. The equivalent net-metering contractor installed system priced out at ~$90k, and would be dependent on the grid.
This looks awesome. I've now referenced this company to everyone who has asked me if they could do solar themselves too.