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I decided to get solar panels in July of 2011, and now with almost 6 years of data, I thought I’d share my finding, and what you can expect if you decide to go solar!

My first piece of advice, is to buy less panels than you need, and slowly add to your system over time. These panels are getting more and more efficient, and cheaper by the year. I paid $10,000 for 5 235w panels for a total system of 1,175watts. But now, I could get 10 305 watt panels for a similar price.

So if you’re interested in solar, consider getting a small system now, and building on it over time. With Enphase Micro inverters, your system will be very modular and you can easily add more panels in the future.

We highly recommend the Enphase M250 micro inverters especially if you have trees or other structures that might cause shading issues on your panels. With micro inverters, you’ll have a micro-inverter attached to each solar panel, where as a regular inverter will attach to many solar panels.

If you interested in learning more about how shading effects your panels, or other details on how solar collection works, please leave us a comment, and we can create a follow on video outlining these details.

Get get access to your data, and view your solar panel performance, you’ll need a communication gateway like the Enphase Envoy. With this, you’ll get lifetime data storage, access and nothing is cooler than seeing just how your panels are performing.

We recommend you clean your solar panels at least a few time a year, because in our testing, clean solar panels output about 4% more power than dirty ones, and this number will only get bigger the dirtier they are. The best way to clean solar panels is with a window cleaner and squeegee on a wand.

Thanks so much for tuning in guys! We love making these kinds of videos, and sharing our experience and knowledge. Please ask questions or comments we’ll definitely get back to you!

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9 Comments on "Solar Panels – 5 Year Update and Solar Panel Review"

  1. Rohan Roy says:

    Great video, would love to learn the effect cleaning the panels have. How much does output drop due to a branch blocking the sun on one of the panels. What are some different ways to wire the panels so that a branch blocking one of the panels doesn't affect the output of the others?

  2. awsome. I love it. great help for future plans

  3. thowe624 says:

    great vid, thanks!

  4. David Ball says:

    Great video, thanks! I like the cost analysis.

  5. Drew Shubeck says:

    You are better off investing in utility companies then installing solar.

  6. In Ventura CA I paid $10 for the privilege of not having a smart meter $8 penalty for having solar. Average bill if I use no electricity is $21. My Fronius inverter died at 8 years $2,500.00 to replace it. So I have not saved much. But I am so glad I installed solar.

  7. Kira Yamato says:

    Thank you for the video and information. Please note that your accounting is off since you did not factor time value of the money you invested. Counting time value of money, it will take you over 8 years to break even. But regardless, it is still worth it 🙂

  8. Wow awesome video! I have a rep from Alba energy coming this Sunday to get me onboard. She says I pay no money up front. My bills will be lower, if panels get damaged for any reason they fix/replace at no charge. If my roof needs replacing they will remove and reinstall panels at no charge…Can they make enough money off the power my panels will generate to lower my bills and not have to pay them any money for the equipment? What's the catch?

  9. Thank you two bit for all your advise. Is there any small Solar companies that you like?

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