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320W Solar Panels $109 + S&H or .34 / Watt

robpiat 113 235 August 10, 2016 at 08:23 AM in Home & Home Improvement (2)
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This is by a long stretch cheaper than I have seen panels anywhere. The going rate seems to be .60-.90/watt. Shipping gets really reasonable when you buy 10 or more.

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1 Panel = $250 S/H

2 Panels = $287 S/H

3 - 8 Panels = $296 S/H

9 - 16 Panels = $305 S/H

17 Panels = $312 S/H

18 Panels = $320 S/H

19 Panels = $335 S/H

20 Panels = $350 S/H

Perhaps there is something about this style of panel that is less desirable?

Anyways, I am certain that somebody smarter than me will be along to clarify.

Just for total beginners, you will still need an inverter as well as additional mounting hardware etc. Solar panels have been coming down in price pretty agressively, but the inverters (call is $1 a watt) are fairly consistent.

https://www.solarblvd.com/product...ts_id=3092
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interesting but can you really get permits and DIY this? or will an electrician agree to install it for you, not being familiar with the system?
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I don't think you need permits besides on the electric side, you can do it yourself and then have the inspector check out your work or yes hire an eletrician

Our local install supply company want $2.24/W installed, so I could save $10K+ doing this myself and still get the 30% credit, I have 2 rentals where I could careless what the roof looks like and have thought seriously about doing this.
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I don't see any UL listing, any warranty, and it is not on the california solar equipment list. Maybe ok for off grid. Possibly grey market?

n-type bifacial cells but in a traditional backsheet assembly? Strange.
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I have 2 rentals where I could careless what the roof looks like..
How would you arrange the electricity billing for rentals with solar panels? You would have to show the renters, every month, what the actual bill would have been without the panels and ask them to pay that?
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Always been fascinated by the economics of solar panels... too bad I live near Seattle and my HOA doesn't allow solar panels.
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Quote from turningpoint84 View Post :
I don't think you need permits besides on the electric side, you can do it yourself and then have the inspector check out your work or yes hire an eletrician

Our local install supply company want $2.24/W installed, so I could save $10K+ doing this myself and still get the 30% credit, I have 2 rentals where I could careless what the roof looks like and have thought seriously about doing this.
You need permits and interconnect agreements and you probably won't get those using this offbrand module with no certifications.

$2.24 is actually a great price (if it is before tax credits) compared to $3.40 national avg
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I thought about taking a few panels and installing them on my deck. Using them to charge up my marine batteries. Essentially they'll just run most of the small things I use a lot. Wouldn't save me much but if I could run the freezers off of it I might save 15 a month. I heard freezers use a lot less power than a fridge.

I could careless about getting the best panels. At most I'd be pulling about 50% during peak.
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always double-check solar deals against http://sunelec.com which has been around forever but scores the best deals

website looks like it is from the 90s but worth the scrolling read
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Just because the cost per watt seems good doesn't mean the panels are. All the main solar companies use Trina, LG. Personally I like the way LG's look depending on the roof color. Installed solar for 3yrs over 700 jobs.
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Seems like it's not that slick. Can get something like it on ebay for $10 more. Same supplier

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Frame...3874.l7936

But since this one is not far from me in Norco, do you know if they do will call?
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If I expected any of these to ship, I would buy a whole bunch of them. This is likely an error though.
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Quote from NotDave View Post :
interesting but can you really get permits and DIY this? or will an electrician agree to install it for you, not being familiar with the system?
Quote from slickaroon View Post :
You need permits and interconnect agreements and you probably won't get those using this offbrand module with no certifications.

$2.24 is actually a great price (if it is before tax credits) compared to $3.40 national avg
Not everyone lives in the big city with inspectors. On my farm there are no county building/electrical inspectors required. And no insurance on the small outbuildings I want to put solar on. If I could run a wire at 10 cents/Kw solar is not worth it. But to put solar on a shed I can't get power to makes sense.

I always make sure it passes the ALFSAF test.

Always Look For Smoke And Fire.

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always double-check solar deals against http://sunelec.com which has been around forever but scores the best deals

website looks like it is from the 90s but worth the scrolling read
Good link.
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Last edited by gemniii42 August 10, 2016 at 02:27 PM
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I thought about taking a few panels and installing them on my deck. Using them to charge up my marine batteries. Essentially they'll just run most of the small things I use a lot. Wouldn't save me much but if I could run the freezers off of it I might save 15 a month. I heard freezers use a lot less power than a fridge.

I could careless about getting the best panels. At most I'd be pulling about 50% during peak.
Get some 6v golf cart batteries...should be able to get 5 to 10 years out of them if you don't discharge too deeply.
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How would you arrange the electricity billing for rentals with solar panels? You would have to show the renters, every month, what the actual bill would have been without the panels and ask them to pay that?
Increase the rent by slightly less $ than the panels produce in electricity on average. So overall they win as well as you win.

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I'm wondering how or why a company would have the ability to manufacturer solar panels but not the ability to apply for a UL cert? Doesn't make sense to me. It's like a baby speaking a sentence before he ever says a word.
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