Our startup was founded when our Founder and CEO TJ was trying to install solar for his home in New England. TJ is a Software Engineer. You can learn more about his work here. TJ found that all solar companies provide the same kind of install options, all of which were too expensive and required large, long-term loans equal to buying a luxury car.
As an example, why would you buy a luxury car on a loan, when you would be unable to sell it to someone else if you wanted to after 5-6 years? A solar loan seemed like a long-term trap to TJ.
TJ wanted to install solar his way, using an affordable Hybrid String Inverter in a zero export, grid-tie design. None of the solar companies, including the biggest and more reputable ones were willing to do a zero export, or off-grid solar install. It made no sense for TJ to sell electricity back to the Utility company at a cheaper rate than what they sold him electricity for.
Cornered by the solar companies and stressed by the increasing utility bills which were set to go even higher in 2023, TJ invented a better way to install solar without a solar loan, for Home Owners who could afford to pay less than $10K in cash for the install (depending on install size). Home Owner costs would be reduced by them being able to purchase solar equipment directly from a website with a credit card.
The hardest part was finding a solar install partner. TJ had almost given up after months of searching for someone willing to just install solar at a reasonable cash price. TJ finally found a few companies who was willing to work with him and the startup was born.
After spending months of solar research online and watching a plethora of videos on all subjects solar, I was pretty sure I knew what I was doing when I purchased the solar panels , inverter and battery from shopsolarkits.com. Little did I know that much was hidden beneath the surface...
My last article covered a lot of material. I realized later there is even more detail to be uncovered. We need more data to make many decisions which will be long-term. In this article, I dig deeper in an attempt to finish my design. I also cover the question of Time of Day Pricing and how it affects a utility bill.
In this article, we go over the components purchased for our first solar install. We tried to find a website to buy solar panels specifically compatible with Ecoflow Solar Generators (my initial solar design). It was not easy to determine compatibility from what I could find online, so I contacted every major website and asked them to help me find the solar panels I needed.
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