I wonder what it is going to do to the construction industry. Looks
like a break even but does save on other fuels, but would make houses
unaffordable up front for some.
If this is true"
The new standards are poised to hike construction costs by $25,000 to
$30,000 (about half of which is directly due to solar), but the
self-produced energy is estimated to save owners $50,000 to $60,000 in
operating costs over the solar technology's expected 25-year lifespan.
That all assumes there is no maintenance cost along the way and it
doesn't take into account the added cost to a future roofing job. The
cheapest place to get used solar collectors is from the homeowner,
right after he paid $15,000, 20,000 to get his roof fixed.
That is where I got mine ... for less than $100 each.
I did not put them on the house roof.
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How old were those panels? If they were old, I can see chucking them,
but if they are only 10 years old, why couldn't they be removed then
replaced after the roof is done? I agree though that's another issue,
you need the roof life to be in sync with the panel life, otherwise
you're in for significant extra expense. I wonder about that here where
lots of houses are adding them to roofs that have who knows how much
life left. I can't imagine many installers bring that up when trying
to sell it either. Telling a customer that their roof probably needs
to be replaced in another 10 years and it's going to cost a lot more
isn't a good way to sell solar.
They were about a year and a half old and the roof failed. It was a
fairly new roof according to the homeowner. It is just hard to drill a
hundred holes in a roof and not have some leak.
He said he would never put anything on his roof again.
If I was going to do a big array, it would be on ground racks but I
just do not have the space. The solars I have are on a car port, not
It may be spectacular but not uncommon.
The roofer is also going to void any warranty he may have given you
too. He is going to say his roof was perfect until you started
drilling holes in it.
I assume a good installation would involve a roofer installing the
blocks the collectors connect to and dry that in. All that said, if I
get solars, they are going on the ground. Since Irma, I suddenly have
a tree free back yard.
Perhaps but a well designed roof is supposed to reflect energy as much
as possible where a solar collector is supposed to grab as much as
possible. In the end it is probably a wash tho since the reflected
energy won't usually make it back into space.
I understand we are awy up into the theoretical but you just made a
great case for saying solar is bad. If all of the energy ends up in
the house, it would be like 100% of the energy trapped by CO2. Once
the heat settles on the planet it is global warming.
Some roofs might reflect more, making shingles last longer. A good example
of design, compare grass temperatures to artificial turf. The fact that it
gets colder at night with no cloud cover seems to go with the escape mode,
or does the heat eventually come back.
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