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Grace
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by Grace on May 21st, 2010

Currently, owners of townhomes cannot install solar panels of any kind on their roofs because we don't own the roofs. Obviously there are issues that need solutions before we're going to be allowed to do this. The *good news* is, our community is open to having the conversation and seeking out information to help solve the problem, rather than just issuing a blanket NOT ALLOWED statement and calling it a day.

I've been communicating with Jennifer Harvey (only superficially at this point), and she's asked me if I would be willing to lead a committee that can meet to discuss the issues and then do some research on the subject. Since I've been the one complaining about it the most, I figure it's fitting that I "volunteer." Lol! So, I guess I'm looking for any other interested parties who might like to be in on the conversation.

If you would like to help do research (maybe other communities elsewhere have already solved some of the issues) and/or brainstorm with me, Jennifer, the HOA, lawyers, insurance companies ... ?? ... send me a PM. I know I don't have all the answers!
 
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doug
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by doug on May 21st, 2010

Hi Grace,
I would like to be in on this. Thanks for taking the lead.
 
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Grace
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by Grace on May 23rd, 2010

Thanks, Doug. I'll be in touch, then.
 
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Grace
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by Grace on May 24th, 2010

Could use a couple more people...
 
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Mike Carroll
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by Mike Carroll on August 2nd, 2010

How much difference do the solar panels actual make? Our bill for electric last month was $200, and I'm wondering how much lower it would have been if we had panels on the roof. I want to ask our neighbor behind us who has about 36 panels, if they notice a difference in their bill.

I'm thinking that for us, it might be better to do that foam insulation in the attic. Seems like the row homes would have better insulation than they do.
 
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ineoeni
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by ineoeni on August 2nd, 2010

Hi Mike,

Assuming the panels on your neighbor's house are 175 watt panels, their 6.3kW array would have produced 732 kWh of energy on an average month of June in Austin. This June was probably lower due to the high amount of rain we received. So, if you had the same size array, your $200 bill would have been about $120. ($732 kWh x $0.11 cost/kWh = $80.5).

In the month of December, your energy bill is probably closer to $75. That same size array would have produced $70 worth of energy, leaving you with a $5 bill.

Today, with the $2.50 rebate offered by Austin Energy and the 30% Federal tax credit, a 6.3 kW system would cost ~$9,700 assuming a cost of $4.60/watt. That's about a 10 year payback or 16% rate or return.

So yes, you'd definitely see a difference - but it'll cost you.

Aman
Camacho St.
http://www.SunMath.com
 
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Dan Murphy
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by Dan Murphy on August 3rd, 2010

Our electric bill is much much lower, as it is only ever gotten to around 60 or 70 dollars. I am not sure what kind of difference the panels would make for us, but I would definitely be interested in having them. I don't mind looking at it as an investment with long term return potential.
 
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ineoeni
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by ineoeni on August 3rd, 2010

Looking at it as an investment is the right way to to do it. The comparison I usually make for people is: buying solar panels is just like buying a house.

When you pay your monthly electric bill, you are essentially paying "rent" for a portion of your utility's electricity capacity. You will pay that rent for the rest of your life. Solar panels give you the opportunity to buy your own electricity capacity, locking in your electricity costs , meaning you are no longer susceptible to "rent increases". Just like buying a house, in the long run, you are significantly better off.

Even with lower energy bills, solar is an interesting investment because you only have to buy as much "electricity capacity" (solar panels) as you need, so instead of the above 6.3 kW system, you could have a 3.5 kW system which would probably more closely match your needs.

Aman
Camacho St.
http://www.SunMath.com
 
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danx111
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Update: Solar energy for townhomes
by danx111 on August 21st, 2010

Austin Energy Solar Energy meeting for residential stakeholders
by danx111 1 hour ago
AE is conducting another "Residential Solar Stakeholders" meeting on Sept 3. They have not provided an agenda so topic(s) are uncertain. The last such meeting was held 11/12/2009 and did not have an agenda - consisted of general discussion & questions about the AE Solar Rebate Program.

"All – Please plan to attend the scheduled meeting for residential solar stakeholders at the TLC Assembly Room.
When: Friday September 3, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: TLC Assembly Rm 130 , 721 Barton Springs Road , 78704
Parking will be available across the street at the Palmer Event Center. If there is a parking attendant, tell him you have a meeting for Austin Energy’s Solar Stakeholders and the meeting organizer is Shayna Lee.
Shayna Lee
AE Solar Programs
(512) 482-5451"
 
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