- Chris: A knowledgeable or reputable vendor would not deal like a Radio-Shack salesman. I believe local laws do effect when one wants to make any modificationMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 20, 2004View SourceChris:A knowledgeable or reputable vendor would not deal like a Radio-Shack salesman. I believe local laws do effect when one wants to make "any modification" in one's home. I have had personal experience about this living in different parts of the country. Thus it is advisable to check either with local administrators of the complex or subdivision and with the energy utility company as your energy provider. Please don't deal with anyone who tells you "Just trust us, just because we are the experts!" Solar Energy is not a hocus pocus business, but anyone having a little knowledge of physics/chemistry and mathematics, can easily understand how the system works, and what it takes to optimize a system for one's needs. Unfortunately, these days you come across sales-persons and many other experts who use the tactics "Just Trust Me, because I am the expert."On a hunorous note, according to Reader's Digest, the conventional definition of an expert is: a person who is "outstanding in his field."And that happens to be a "farmer."Bashir A. SyedVP, R&DEnerTech Enterprises, Inc.Houston, TX-----From: Roxanne BoyerSent: Monday, September 20, 2004 9:51 AMSubject: Re: [hreg] Solar Power incentives in Houston, TxI 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.Thanks,Chris----- 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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