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Published on November 1st, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Experience Grid Freedom

November 1st, 2013 by  

Originally published on Cost of Solar.

Do you ever feel like you’re an indentured servant at the mercy of your monopolistic utility company? Do you ever wish you could free yourself from this unbalanced relationship? Have you ever dreamt about the grid freedom that would come with becoming your own power producer?

Dream no more! Go out and claim your freedom, your grid freedom! Become a profiting contributor to the electricity grid rather than only a slaving consumer.

Think this is all just an unrealistic dream? Well, aside from an attitude adjustment, you probably just need to see a few eye-opening stats to realize that this is not simply a possibility, but also a really good freakin option for millions or hundreds of millions of people, and one of those people could be you!

The 1st set of stats you should see are ones I can’t provide for you in this article. The 1st set of stats you should see is the set of stats tailored to your own home and situation — to be specific, how much electricity a solar power system on your roof could generate and how much money you could save/make from that. To get those stats, simply go through the short solar quote service on our homepage.

On to the more general stats, here are some big ones that I think will help to show you how attractive going solar is today:

solar roi

Don’t delay any further! Join the solar party! Claim your grid freedom! Help the world by saving/making muchos money!

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About the Author

is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • jonesey

    Where do these charts get their data? In Oregon, for example, a $10,000 solar array will save you about $200 per year on your utility bill (2% per year), but that’s only if you choose to forgo the federal tax credit, state tax credit, and utility incentives. With those incentives, a $10,000 system will cost more like $2,000, which makes your $200 per year return more like 10%. Roughly. Your mileage may vary, but that’s a lot different from 3.8%.

    And that’s just in the first year. With electric rates rising faster than inflation, your return on investment improves every year.

  • Steeple

    Curious about some of the state pairings. Great IRR for Colorado & NM, but terrible for Utah. Great for Iowa, it not for IL. Is this mostly a function is subsidies at the local level? Would think that utility pricing wouldn’t vary that much for neighboring states, but I don’t know,

  • Gwennedd

    It would be nice if you could get the stats from Canada too.

  • JamesWimberley

    The chart is good but the hype about “grid freedom” is grossly overdone. It is technically possible to go off-grid, redesigning your house and lifestyle for efficiency and buying a lot of batteries, but at the moment this would be expensive and lowers your rate of return. A normal solar installation still leaves you a customer of the utility for all the hours the sun isn’t shining. From being its serf, you are now its enemy. You will need to join other solar householders to battle it in defence of net metering or a fair value-of-solar tariff. All of which is well worth doing, but rugged pioneer autarky it ain’t. The cry should be “energy democracy”, not “energy independence”.

    • A Real Libertarian

      Pioneers were actually pretty damn collectivist.

      Rugged individualism sounds nice and all, but you can’t run a society on pretty words.

  • Ronald Brakels

    Did Mr Burns block out the sun in Idaho?

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