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  • #16
    I got few quotes so far and I am surprised how different are they. I got offers from 2.3$ to 4.5$ per watt for the same systems. Only the brand is different. But since they all offer 20+ years warranty, I am thinking to go with the cheapest offer.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by apricot View Post
      I got few quotes so far and I am surprised how different are they. I got offers from 2.3$ to 4.5$ per watt for the same systems. Only the brand is different. But since they all offer 20+ years warranty, I am thinking to go with the cheapest offer.
      While I'm firmly in the camp of solar PV equipment (beyond some basic quality level) now being pretty much a commodity, after your set your goals as to what you want in terms of a lower electric bill, or other goals, the search becomes one of looking for an installer who has integrity and is ethical, with the ability to deliver a quality installation.

      Finding such installers is not as easy as finding quality equipment.

      Question: Do you want low buck, or most bang for your buck ? There is a big difference.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post

        While I'm firmly in the camp of solar PV equipment (beyond some basic quality level) now being pretty much a commodity, after your set your goals as to what you want in terms of a lower electric bill, or other goals, the search becomes one of looking for an installer who has integrity and is ethical, with the ability to deliver a quality installation.

        Finding such installers is not as easy as finding quality equipment.

        Question: Do you want low buck, or most bang for your buck ? There is a big difference.
        All I want is to not pay more than the fair price for a good system. I guess I should do some more research about what brands and services provide more quality and pick from those.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by apricot View Post
          But since they all offer 20+ years warranty, I am thinking to go with the cheapest offer.
          I doubt any of them offer a 20+ year warranty.

          PV modules typically come with a 25 year warranty on "Production"
          Inverters come with a 10 year to 25 year warranty though some are not worth much.
          The system itself is usually covered by the installer for 5 to 10 years.


          Your price difference seems pretty high, I would doubt that those are all equal systems.
          OutBack FP1 w/ CS6P-250P http://bit.ly/1Sg5VNH

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          • #20
            Originally posted by apricot View Post

            All I want is to not pay more than the fair price for a good system. I guess I should do some more research about what brands and services provide more quality and pick from those.
            Root around in the CSI database for some idea as to who may be doing what for how much and where for some additional pricing information.

            The more knowledgeable you get, the lower the probability is you'll get completely screwed. Go for lower initial price without more information and the odds go in the other direction.

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            • #21
              I would check previous posts about prices and there are several companies listed depending on where you live

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