by Robert Brenner
When he decided to invest in a residential solar system, the author carefully logged each event in the
process. Once the system was operational, he monitored its performance for 12 months. Then he wrote
Going Solar: A Homeowner's Experience to describe how he decided on the
size of solar power system he needed, who he contacted for advice, how he found qualified installers, how he
evaluated proposals and selected the best vendor for the job, issues and challenges that occurred, the
paperwork required, payment schedule, rebates, tax credits, and how he calculated investment payback. The book
follows the complete process from start to finish in words and photos. See each step. Read about every facet
of residential solar system procurement and installation. Follow the actual time line. See the actual costs
involved. And learn for yourself the amazing results achieved after 12 months with a residential
solar power generation system.
"As gas prices continue to head for the stratosphere, Robert Brenner's story of his own journey to energy
independence is very timely. The message? Yes we can, and here's how."
Shel Horowitz, award-winning author and owner of a solarized 1743 New England farmhouse
Read how this homeowner saved literally thousands of dollars on his electric bill by conducting smart
research and purchasing an optimum residential photovoltaic solar system. Bids varied widely and
selecting the best vendor was critical to getting the most for his money. One year after the
solar system was installed, Brenner received his net metering final bill. The 94% reduction in his annual
electrical costs demonstrated how successful this investment has been.
In simple language, Going Solar: A Homeowner's Experience explains how to procure and enjoy a residential
photovoltaic solar power system. And the book describes the tangible benefits of going
solar — reduced electrical bills, increased home value, and environmental improvement by reducing utility
company carbon dioxide emissions.
"I want to thank you for making the book. It is outstanding."
Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Solar Power - San Diego, CA
Besides saving money, Brenner is doing his part to keep the air we breathe clean and fresh. Now he is sharing his experience with others.
Here's what you'll learn as you read this book:
Is going solar worth the investment?
How much should it cost?
How long does it take to get a system operational?
How much can it affect my electric bill?
Can I "really" save money by going solar?
How much of the project must I do myself?
Is solar installation disruptive?
Who completes and files the paperwork?
What are the benefits of going solar?
"You really did a fantastic job of presenting your experiences
with the installation of your solar system. A lot of great information!"
Newt Likely, Homeowner - Jacksonville, OR
POINT OF CONTACT
brenner @ brennerbooks . com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why I Wrote This Book
Why We Chose to Invest in Renewable Energy
Determining Baseline Energy Use
Determining Energy Reduction Options
Solar System Research
Contacting Solar Energy Advisors
Generating Specifications and Scope of Effort
How I Found Local Vendors to Contact
Getting Job Bids
Meeting Solar Installation Vendors
Solar Panel Installation
Solar Panel Availability
Power Breaker Panel
Vendor Selection Criteria
Creating a Comparison Spreadsheet
Receiving and Evaluating Bids
Replying to Winner and Losers
Pre-Job Visit by Selected Company
Installation Timeline & Milestones
The System Installation Process
Schedule of Payments
Rebates and Tax Credit
Calculating Investment Payback Period
Maintenance and Operating Costs
Net Metering and Paying for Electricity
Summarizing the Experience
Technology Promises and the Future
Other Direct Benefits of Our System
Useful Web Sites
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