Great points on all of the above questions/statements within the thread. I've reviewed the lease with a lawyer and its fine as for as the buy out in this state. She understood the concerns but in AZ the compensary(sp?) laws work like this- blah-blah-blah- I understood it at the time but I'm a numbers guy not a legal precedent total recall guy so it was quickly reduced to a concept that worked and we moved on.
I'll recheck the monitoring issue.
Oh, to answer the question on operational lease. It's a tax thing for one and a time/involvement thing for another. the additional insurance is minimal in my overall picture. For me it works. If I was younger and scraping by I'd do it different I'm sure.
I did question the inverter and they are going to go with an 8K. The explanation about tilt angle, panel temp, duty cycle all made sense and agreed 5K left a lot on the table.
Thanks for the input. It helps me and others getting their feet wet on the subject.