I understand that some of you feel like every time I write things on here, I’m asking for advice or for someone to tell me what to do. We are capable of making our own decisions and we’re paying for whatever we do . . not asking for donations or anything like that. I love your comments but sometimes, they come across, as I’ve said before, as though some think we’re just not able to make competent decisions.
The investments we’re making aren’t for everyone but because it doesn’t make sense to you doesn’t mean it isn’t a good decision for us. Heck, what most of you pay for a new car will pay for our complete solar installation. I don’t fault you for buying a new car . . it’s just probably something we’ll never do again. Can you give me the same respect?
Remember that I wrote that there were three companies that advertised they would buy back our excess power. In order of what was the best deal for us, Company #1 is the one we planned to go with. They said no . . sorry . . not offering that plan in your area. Then we went with Company #2 . . next best deal for us. Vince went through the whole scenario with them, they assured him everything was good in our area, they sent us the forms to fill out, we did everything, sent it all back to them . . good to go! Til . . the next day and they called and said “sorry . . not offering that plan in your area.” That’s when I ran screaming . . through the woods . . ripping my clothes off as I ran past the lions, tigers and bears! 🙂
Vince came home and assured me everything would work out! We probably won’t have our solar panels up and running til the end of April or the first of May anyway and by May 1, when the actual deregulation takes place, those two companies assured us they would have a buy back plan in place . . like I believe anything they tell me at this point.
So . . Company #3 . . the least best deal for us actually turned out to be the best deal for us . . not only because it’s the only deal but because the first two companies weren’t including “line charges” that are added by the TDU so . . all things worked out for the best . . so long as Company #3 doesn’t call us back and say “sorry . . we’re not offering that plan in your area!”
As it is, if the rates stay the same (they won’t!) and the dollar stays the same (doubtful), our payback time is 8 years. We’re hopeful that battery technology will improve within a few years so that we can eventually be completely off grid. We’re happy with the way things are now . . and are hoping that we don’t get any more bad news.