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  • Roxanne Boyer
    Sep 20, 2004
      I greatly appreciate the vendors who have advised us on this group.  Installing a PV system involves a rather large cost, and so I want to know more about what I am doing.  I believe the vendors can design and install excellent systems, but that is only part of the work - interconnection with the grid and building permits are the other part.  I also want to shop around and get other people's opinions about the best vendors to use.
      It left a negative impression on me when I called Southwest PV last year and asked what I needed to do to put PV on my house.  The salesman replied, "just buy our system".  I asked about interconnection with the utility and building permits, and he replied that he was not aware that I would need to do anything.  I know now that I would have gotten into a lot of trouble if I took his advice.
      Would someone who is knowledgeable and experienced with interconnection and permitting like to make a presentation during an HREG meeting?  I think it would make a good topic.
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      Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 3:41 PM
      Subject: 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 can’t 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 don’t 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, don’t 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


      (512) 448-0055

      (512) 448-0045



      From: Roxanne Boyer [mailto:rox1@...]
      Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 10:31 AM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      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. 


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      From: burner_22

      Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 9:44 AM

      Subject: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston , Tx


      Howdy Folks,

      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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