[amsat-bb] Re: Solar Power (I was wrong)

Marc Vermeersch amvm at skynet.be
Fri Oct 2 08:18:42 PDT 2009

Hi Jeff and all,

I got 25 years warranty on the panels, meaning that after 25years at least
80% of the power output will remain.

The weak point in the installation is the converter which has an life
expectancy of 8-10 years. It is also cheap in the overall picture. Less than
5% of the cost of the total installation: 1200euros for a 5KW peak


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
> Behalf Of Jeff Yanko
> Sent: vrijdag 2 oktober 2009 4:49
> To: Pete Rowe; bruninga at usna.edu; amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Solar Power (I was wrong)
> Hi Pete,
> FB on friends and their systems.  What will happen is since each state
> has its own PUC, Public Utility Commission, and laws there will be 50
> different ways of handling how to reimburse, tax or otherwise garnish
> money from this process.
> I've also been wondering.  Since a basic grid-tie system can cost from
> $15,000 to $25,000, they only last so long.  Twenty years, tops maybe?
> Do they really pay for themselves, even wth tax credits, when you have
> to replace them in say twenty years?

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