BrianStanier wrote:I applaud your enthusiasm and don't want to pour too much cold water on it, but unless you live a part of the world with lots of sunshine and are able to charge your i3 only during the day and while the solar output is sufficient you won't be able to operate entirely on solar - perhaps not even mostly.
Thanks for the info guys. Good discussion here.
The solar system (10KW) that I am putting generates 11MW per year (estimate).
Obviously more in summer and less in winter. Anything I generate will be fed to the grid and my consumption will be from the grid.
The electric company will only charge me for the (electricity consumed - electricity generated) portion.
At the end of the year, if the above is a negative number (meaning I generate more but consume less), they pay me back for the extra that I fed to grid (although it is pennies on the dollar because they charge me full retail while they buy from me at wholesale prices).