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User Info Reality vis-a-vis Energy And The Economy; entered at 2022-01-03 19:09:55
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Registered: 2021-07-10 FEMA Region 4
So I listened to one of these scammers once when I asked for an estimate to get solar on my roof. I already knew what the peak efficiency number was for a SOUTH facing roof with stationary panels.

My roof is east-west, so I ask this asshole the efficiency number, and what does he give me? The number for a SOUTH-facing roof!

So basically, right off the bat, we are at 2X the cost just because of how my roof, and statistically speaking half the roofs in the US are facing. Of course, he doesn't tell me this, but I know I will only get 50% of the power, at best, of what he is quoting.

The other things that never get discussed are these items:

-- Up-front cost of tree trimming so sunlight reaches the roof
-- Recurring cost of tree trimming
-- Recurring cost of cleaning the panels from dust, pollen, etc... The latter is really bad here in Florida since peak pollen season is March, which is then followed by our three driest months, before the rainy season starts in June, but then you get more clouds with the humidity
-- Significant cost of removal and re-installation when the roof gets replaced

And that is just is for the solar panels. We aren't even talking about the batteries.

2022-01-03 19:09:55