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TheGochmanFour
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by TheGochmanFour on June 6th, 2009

We're definitely interested, but won't be moving to Austin/Mueller 'till August. If possible, could someone post a presentation summary back to the forum or via PM?

Does anyone know if there are issues with installing panels prior to builder warranty expiration? Just wondering if messing with the roof would void it.

Thanks,
---bruce
 
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Rod
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by Rod on June 6th, 2009

Bruce, your question on the roof warranty is not one I had thought of. This emphasizes why one or more meetings with vendors to have extensive Q&A is going to be helpful.

Someone else might provide an answer to that question, but one would surely want to ask one's builder irrespective...in case it (?) could be builder specific.

Thanks, Rod
 
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by Rod on June 6th, 2009

http://www.power4home.com/index2.php?hop=ttinc1#

Now, here is a fellow who says you can build your own solar panels and install them yourself and save a great deal of money that way. I have not read this book, and have needless to say not built my own solar panels. Just curious for comments on this sort of approach in case anyone else has read his or other similar books or resources, if others know of successful examples of "do it yourself" solar PV panel creation/installation.

Rod
 
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by SleeperService on June 6th, 2009

please -- 200 bucks -- nuff said.

Ezra.
 
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Rod
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by Rod on June 6th, 2009

Ezra,

I also wonder whether Austin Energy would give any subsidy on a do-it-yourself-job, vs the installers that they have vetted and list. If not--that provides a huge incentive to have the installers ok'd by AE do an installation here in Austin.

But--just wondering, still, whether any neighbors have any stories to tell on this. Might not work at all in Mueller vs out in the countryside, etc. Just curious.

-Rod
 
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tiptopcare
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by tiptopcare on June 7th, 2009

Greg and I are really interested in a meeting whenever it happens. Can you let us know a number to contact?

We have been looking into this for the home, but also for the business.
 
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Rod
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by Rod on June 7th, 2009

Hi--please read back about roughly 10 messages, and Texas Solar is mentioned as well as the thread of messages also mentioning that we can bring in other vendors. For now, I suggest contacting Shanda at Texas Solar, and we are getting to critical mass, and so can have the vendors over to Mueller to present to us.

Then please read the thread forward from that message as several of the other vendors expressed a desire to talk wtih folks at Mueller, which is great.

Thanks, Rod
 
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by jimsylvana on June 8th, 2009

Unfortunately AE does not rebate do-it-yourself Solar. You can pull the permits required using the Homestead permit process but that will not qualify for the Austin Energy rebate.

It's also difficult to arrange with a company on the approved installers list for Austin Energy to partner with a do-it-yourselfer in order to qualify for the rebate. Austin Energy requires the contractors in the program to provide certain minimum warranties on the rebated installations as a condition of participating in the program. These warranties extend for 10 years. So, as an installer, we could easily end up with huge problems even (or especially) after the home is sold.

By and large, there is real value in having the electrical connection and structural attachments done by an experienced crew. It's a fire hazard on one hand and a water hazard on the other both of which are capable of doing tremendous damage very quickly.

Jim Sylvana
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Celestial Power LLC
jim@celestialpower.biz
(512) 450-4867
 
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Rod
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by Rod on June 8th, 2009

Thanks, Jim. Thus: clearly not a path to follow, in the Austin area.

-Rod
 
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