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Solar Panels - Offers from installers

  • 26 Jul 2022 12:15 PM
    Message # 12862865

    Greetings fellow investors,

    THis is a wide ranging topic concerning Solar Panels - either for a primary residence or rental property (both Tarrant County). 

    Have anyone of you been getting offers from installers for a financing package in tandem with a buyback process?  I recently listened to a sales presentation from a company who did a neighbor's residential property.   It all sounded good but as real estate investors we all know the value of due diligence and comparative shopping.

    I'll post more info on this thread (providing there is some interest from fellow investors).  Also I'll contact my insurance people.


    Thanks for any and all advice on this topic.   

  • 27 Jul 2022 2:15 PM
    Reply # 12864268 on 12862865
    Robin Carriger (Administrator)

    Hey Terry,

    A few solar panel door-to-door sales folks have dropped by my house, and I've talked with them.  However, I have yet to be convinced that I'm going to realize an overall savings when I include the payments for the solar panels themselves.  I'm still interested in this topic though.  As long as you're not involved yourself with the sale of solar panels, I look forward to the additional info you can share with us.

    Thanks,

    Robin

  • 29 Jul 2022 5:11 PM
    Reply # 12867384 on 12862865

    I have received similar offers.  They way I understand is that the payments for the panels are offset by the savings on electricity.  Hence, “Free” solar panel pitch But I have heard from some folks that the savings is not as good as the salesman projects. 

  • 31 Jul 2022 6:21 PM
    Reply # 12868837 on 12862865

    Terry, you've got 2 separate questions here.  An an investor, I would certainly be asking "What's the benefit here for me as a real estate investor?"  I mean, if I'm not paying for utilities....so what's the point? 

    Now if it's my own home, ok, there's some benefit...but I do feel that if you have the resources to be "energy responsible" then certainly consider solar.  I would not anticipate ever having enough savings to justify the costs.  The average homeowner lives in their home for 7 years.  That's right about the "break even" point in most studies.  There are some energy jurisdictions that allow you to "sell back" your overages - meaning, you create more energy than you use, so the energy grid buys what energy you create from you.  But even in those places it still takes years to earn your money back.  If you've got the money, go for it.  But if this would keep you strapped for cash, I would tell you to cut costs in other ways around the home.  This is a pretty reasonably unbiased article: https://www.marketwatch.com/picks/guides/home-improvement/are-solar-panels-worth-it/

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