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An affordable way to go solar?

perruche_verte found this:

http://renu.citizenre.com/

This company installs a system of solar panels on your house for free. You just pay them for the power that the panels generate, at a rate based on what you're paying now. You can sign a 25-year contract with them which locks your electric bill in at that same rate. They handle all maintenance and replacement.

Possible downsides: they do require a $500+ deposit, and you might need more power than your panels can generate, in which case you'll still be buying it from the local company (Xcel Energy in the Twin Cities).

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polyranger
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
That's interesting.

It says that they will adjust down for no fee, but it doesn't say that I can adjust up if cousin Myrtle moves in and the energy use goes up on a permanent basis.

Also, what happens if I contract for 12,000 KWh and at the end of the year I only used 10,000 KWh. Do I get reimbursed for that? Do I get roll over KWhs?

I'd like to know what the "average" size is too. Plus being in MN, is this thing roof mounted?

Does it come with self snow melting equipment, or do I need to use a super soaker full of hot water to keep it clear?

Maybe I should contact one of their local entrepreneurs.
polyranger
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Suck...No local entrepreneurs in my area. BOO!
eatsoylentgreen
Jul. 10th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
how interesting! And if it catches on, another company will do it, there will be competition, and the prices will come down!
eatsoylentgreen
Jul. 10th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I hear some Amish are adopting solar panels so they can run lights after dark. Apparently it doesn't take many solar panels to run a flourescent light bulb for a few hours in the evening.
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