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Solar panels in Austin helped homeowner ELIMINATE power bills!

11 Jul 2017

Posted in Alba Energy News, General, Residential by Alba Energy

The following interview was conducted with Daniel P., Alba Energy residential solar customer who lives in Austin, Texas. Find out how much money you could be saving on electricity costs by requesting a FREE solar consultation TODAY!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an IT Professional who is always interested in the latest technology and gadgets. However, I’m very picky with my technology needs and take a minimalistic approach when it comes to material things.

Why did you decide to switch to solar energy?

I looked at solar about 4-5 years ago. At that time the costs where high, ROI was lengthy and it just didn’t make sense for me. I finally had a chance to look at solar again this year and everything was in alignment. The cost of solar panels and equipment had dropped and at a higher rate than what the rebates & incentives were dropping at. It was a no-brainer decision for me as ROI was very quick.

It was a no-brainer decision for me as ROI was very quick.”

How much did you know about solar energy?

I knew a little about solar from my past inquiries, but I super educated myself this go-around. Alba was more than happy to explain everything that was happening. During installation their installer even gave me their electrical diagram, stopped what he was doing, and climbed off the roof to show me how all the circuits are interconnected and how the system works. Wow!

What kind of system did Alba Energy install for your home?

Alba Energy installed a 10.92 kW system including top of the line SMA Sunnyboy Inverters with monitoring. I thought I would never need solar monitoring, but it is key! I find it very interesting that in real-time I can see energy usage. I can see when the A/C units kick in, when my wife is boiling a cup of water in the microwave, and also the amount of energy just turning on the TV consumes. Very, very interesting.

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What made you choose Alba Energy for your solar installation?

I wanted a large company with a strong background to install our solar array. Alba has all of the best installers and electricians in the region. And with their background in commercial solar I knew that they were more strict with guidelines and code. Their work shows it, I was very impressed with the install and their attention to detail.

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What was the process of going solar like?

The process was very simple. I opened up my City Of Austin Utilities website, and looked at what our monthly average usage was over the past 12 months. I then worked with a sales rep. to design a system to match my energy needs. From there it was just a matter of choosing the location on the roof, and when I wanted to start. There really wasn’t a difficult part other than me wanting to oversize the system and the Alba rep. helping me understand the DC to AC conversions and my actual needs.

What benefits have you seen from going solar?

Things have been great since my solar panels were installed back in 2015. In fact, I have NOT had an electric bill since July 2015! I expect my system will pay for itself in 7.5 years, followed by another 10-15 years of essentially “free” electricity generated from sunlight.

Things have been great since my solar panels were installed back in 2015. In fact, I have NOT had an electric bill since July 2015!”

Abother benefit is just the monitoring part. I can sit at work and bring up the real-time graph, and notice that *something* is using 2.5 kWh of power, and then have the ability to open up my Nest thermostat and realize that it was running for no reason. The solar power system also shades my roof, and seems to keep the house cooler.

What would you say to someone who is interested in going solar?

I would tell anyone skeptical about going solar to do the math. Pull your last 12 months of electrical usage from utility bills (you can find it online), and add it all up to see what your spending yearly. Then get a quote and see how fast it will pay off. Best yet, it will increase the value of your home by around $15k in Austin from what the realtors say…and guess what… it won’t cost you $15k :) Go for it!

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