Tom valois has been looking forward to having a solarpowered home for decades. Back in grade school, I subscribed to Popular Science. And I started reading about all this the solar thing because that was right during the oil embargo and.
Everyone’s talking about alternate energy to replace gas. So, at the same time the Science Fair came up and we had to do a project. So I thought. I’m going to build some solar panels. So my brother, who was going to the University of.
Minnesota electrical engineer and he helped me and we built a parabolic reflector panel. And then I built a flat plate panel collector. And so I compared the efficiency of the parabolic reflector panel to a flat plate panel.
And that was my science project. Tom never lost interest in that 9th grade science project. After researching costs online, Tom learned that he can calculate very precisely how much the system would cost, how much energy it.
Would generate, and how quickly it would pay off over time. The cost of solar panels continues to drop each year but, thanks to rebates and other incentives, Tom decided there was no reason to wait. The MadeInMinnesota rebate, they pay you.
25 cents a kilowatt hour generated per year, for ten years. So, every year on your anniversary they calculate how much you’ve produced which again is is linked on the web so the State and an Xcel can see how much.
You’re producing. they send you a check. Between that, the federal thirty percent tax credit, the paybacks about five to six years. And then after that it’s all just gravy because you’re producing and you still got roughly four or five more years on the rebate.
The paybacks amazingly quick. It’s a kind of a nobrainer. Tom requested estimates from a few solar contractors and joined the Minnesota Solar Association. Once he chose his contractor, Cedar Creek Energy, they helped.
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