Hello, my name is Jennifer and this is my first post here on Permies.com. I love a lot of the aspects of a permie life but I'm disabled and ended up purchasing a modest home. I would of loved to have a cob home but it just isn't practical where I live.
One thing I'd like to do is to get about 20 x 250w solar panels on my roof grid tied to my electricity provider, to help offset almost 100% of the electricity consumed by everything in my household, except for the air conditioner. I consume 21 kwh a day on average (excluding the A/C) so I need about 20 x 250w panels I've gathered.
The reason I am posting here is that I have seen the prices of panels drop dramatically, even down to 50 cents per watt if you order like 20 panels all at the same time. This means I can buy all 20 panels for around $2500. I don't know how much it costs for the device to grid tie the panels but the panels would pay for themselves in electrical savings after about 4 years.
There is such a HUGE selection of panels from China I have no clue which company to trust or which panel technology to purchase.
I was hoping one ore more of you all had experience with these cheap affordable panels and could recommend a certain brand and/or company, to buy a lot of 20 from. And perhaps direct me to what I'd need to tie these to my grid.