25 Responses to “solar pv payback -1.4kW Solar Grid Tied Enphase Self Install with 4 year payback”
nice job. i did almost the exact same instal on my roof, and my neighbors
for fun, except we went with the Iron Ridge mounting system. fortunately,
my city was pretty lax on permitting, and waived both electrical and
building permits as part of solar initiative program. couldn’t be happier
though… however i did add a 2nd array (little smaller) that can be both
gridtied and offgrid in case power outage. any thoughts in exploring AC
Coupling with the Enphase? I know it’s a pretty penny for the inverter, and
work to move all the critical loads to separate/isolated panel, etc.. i’m
still on fence on doing..probably only get couple brief outages a year
Great video.Yes I did mine solar ground mount array by myself too.In
florida,you can pull permits as owner-builder and basically do everything
by yourself and after inspectiones sighn interconnection agreement with
power company,but you have to be knowledgable how to properly install
solar,which can be learned.Let me tell you it will be 3x cheaper than solar
company and sooner return !!!
I installed my own 1.5 Kw system and your video was a great help…well
organised and a good guide for getting through the permit process…
thanks. My solar array is a top-of-pole mounted system and so I also made a
YouTube video -Top-of-Pole mount solar array installation – to help those
out there who want to do-it-yourself.
Very good video. You very organized man.
But I think you never hear about Edison batteries. It is the best batteries
ever created they can run 80 years never get damaged by overcharging or
Very good video !
Are you using all you solar generation during the day ?
Otherwise storage could be interesting. I did the same with Uni Solar PVL
on a building zinc roof and using a DIY ESS for storage and reuse at night
verry nice just what i need a true DIY thank you one question i’m in the
process of pulling my permits but building and safety required my plans to
be stamped by and engineer or license contractor . i am in LA county . so
did you had to get them sign off . or stamped
That was an excellent and very informative video! Thank you for posting it.
I’m a master electrician, but my concern has always been dealing with the
city building department, and you illustrated very nicely how to handle
that aspect most effectively. Very nice work too
Excellent. We had our 8-panel system installed by an independent company
here in Hawaii with 255W panels, but it was three times what your paid.
Nice going as your detailed approach and doing it yourself saved you a
Good job! I installed our 3500 watt system last December here in the Sierra
foothills. Got most my system from Wholesale Solar out of Mt Shasta. Good
people with lots of good advice. Local permitting was over the counter and
inspection was easy. I used Helios, 250 watt panels with the Enphase
inverters. Simple installation, almost plug and play. Total cost, after
rebates, about $7500. System working great. I should also stay out of the
tier 3 and 4 rates.
If you are using solar panel approved racking, like SnapNRack, and are
following their instruction manual… then in the SnapNRack website they
have stamps for I think every state. This should be enough, unless you have
a unique situation or a petty inspection dept.
Excellent work. Did you pay an electrician for the final connection or did
you do it yourself? Test of manhood, it is! Payback in 4 years..IF prices
stay the same (and less time if prices go up, which we know they will)
super install! I am having a 4KW enphase system installed in 2 weeks time,
looking forward to using it to power my Nissan Leaf electric car, free
motoring for me as I will be getting about £1000 UK a year from the system
whether I use the electricity or not.