2706Re: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston, Tx
- Sep 18, 2004Andrew wrote:The web is plastered with all manner of low-service, low-margin discount shops that will be glad to drop-ship you whatever components you think you need.Another thing to consider, if you do happen to find a great deal on a 'new' or used inverter, PV etc. thru Ebay or anywhere else, most reputable installers (1) will not install it if they didn't order it themselves (2) sure won't give a minutes warranty coverage for any product they cannot trace to the mfgr.Often there is nothing more expensive than a deal too good to pass up.Jim DuncanNorth Texas Renewable Energy Inc.----- Original Message -----From: Andrew McCallaSent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 3:41 PMSubject: RE: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston, Tx
I take umbrage with your comment regarding photovoltaic vendors. You seemed to imply that the involvement of a pv vendor in your project would provide an inherently negative impact. I believe you are muddling the concepts of price vs. cost.
To be clear, there are a lot of people in the group who would like to put pv on their homes, some of whom actually have done so, and some of whom we have helped to do so. Our function as vendors is not simply to provide equipment and labor at exorbitant mark-ups, and many of us, though not all, are committed to this industry as advocates of the technology.
Whether you ultimately tackle a project, either by yourself or at the mercy of a vendor, I would strongly encourage you to review several sources currently available to you. If you cant swing the commitment of enrolling with the premier hands-on photovoltaic educational experience that Solar Energy International provides
( www.solarenergy.com ), then a subscription to Home Power Magazine ( www.homepower.com ) and a thorough and consistent review of the Wrenches List (http://lists.topica.com/lists/RE-wrenches) will almost certainly insure that you dont get taken. If you still have questions, I would suggest you call a local vendor. My bet is that you would find them very helpful.
Lastly, if you are looking for cheap prices, dont bother with bulk purchase fantasies. The web is plastered with all manner of low-service, low-margin discount shops that will be glad to drop-ship you whatever components you think you need.
Andrew H. McCalla
Meridian Energy Systems
2300 S. Lamar, Ste. 107
Austin, TX 78704
From: Roxanne Boyer [mailto:rox1@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston , Tx
I want to install a PV system on my house too, however, I hesitate to tackle the project alone or at the mercy of a vendor. Is there anyone else in this group that would like to put PV on their home. Maybe we can get together and share what we learn, buy stuff in bulk so as to get a discount, or even share work on the installation.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 9:44 AM
Subject: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston , Tx
I just joined this group a couple of days ago. I have been thinking about installing a 5Kw PV
cells in my home and have been looking at the incetives from local governments. Unfortunelty I can
not find any, does anyone know if Houston , the state of Texas , or the Federal govt. have any
grants iniciatives, rebates if i do decide to install a PV system?
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