Solar Panels For Home – 9 Months Later Review

Solar panels for home – 9 months later! It’s the video many of you have been asking for. Ever since I published the video about my solar panel system on my home earlier in the year, and my experience with the installation and energy production I’ve been seeing, I’ve been asked for an update on how it’s going. By a lot of people. Well, it’s time. How much energy production have I been seeing? How much money have I spent on versus how much I’ve saved? I’m going to cover it all.

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50 Comments

  1. Antony Bean on April 22, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Wow that initial outlay is expensive. I was just quoted AUD$3000 (after government rebates) for a 6.6kW system with 5kW inverter. Payback after 2 years. I’m in Sydney.

  2. phillip miller on April 22, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Foolish person. If your ROI is not 5 yrs, its not worth it. Yours is 8-10 yrs, and this includes that sp. payment. And that’s best case. Not worth it. Its the issue with current solar…ROI just makes no sense. And you ruined your roof, made your house harder to sell etc…

  3. Women Writers on April 22, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Superb production value! Mr. Ferrell is a clear speaker, well aware of his audience’s ability to keep up. Graphics are perfect. Speaking voice is much better than average. And, the content is top-shelf. Thank you!

  4. Ron Torres on April 22, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I’ve got to tell you…it was this video, after viewing others, that made me subscribe. Your delivery is perfect and easy to understand for the novice, like me. I have been holding back on a solar panel purchase for years. With all of this information, I no longer feel overwhelmed.

  5. Pascal Junger on April 22, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Dang, I do appreciate your video… Those are some pretty slim profit margins thou, but all right, at least it does appear profitable.

  6. Leo Hoffmann on April 22, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Dear God we use 3kwh a year 2 people here no wonder you need so many panels good job though and lots of useful info.

  7. Khalid on April 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

    That’s the thing with solar power as long as there is light, even if its in cloudy conditions, you’ll save money. Saving some is always better than saving nothing by not having them.

  8. Himanshu Srivastava on April 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

    The cost of Solar panel installation is very high. Its only 35000 INR (~500 USD) per KWh in India.

  9. paul bk on April 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

    What is your Capacity Factor? New England average, less than 15%.
    Cost of solar is not what you pay.
    Cost of solar is the amount paid to all contractors for materials and installation. Includes what you pay, plus cash value of government sponsored "incentives." Tax breaks, etc.
    Rooftop solar increases price utility must charge to compensate for lost revenue and more demanding load follow generation.

  10. TryAdaptLearn on April 22, 2021 at 12:27 am

    For those who can afford the initial cost and have sunny weather solar is a great option to help supplement the energy needed for building.

  11. Dunlop GreenWood on April 22, 2021 at 12:27 am

    They are full with renewable energy.

  12. TRANSMITTER GUY on April 22, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I’m not cleaning off snow from freekin solar cells. I’ll put 10kw of electric heat coils under them and they can clean themselves. Your roof under the cells won’t last that long, what if there is a leak under one of the cells? Here comes a storm lightning and thunder…….BOOOOOOM! They get hit with lightning and total the whole unit, oh well. MSTF – More Shit To Fix. Don’t think I hate solar, I’m an electronics tech and have been excited about solar for years, but they haven’t gotten "there" yet for me. I think installing them in fields that can service a whole town would be a better option. Oh, yeah, my wife works for the electric company and she pays the electric bill, LOL and LWFM- Less Work For Me!

  13. Mick Jager on April 22, 2021 at 12:29 am

    I live near Raleigh, NC in my house that was built in 1997. It’s rated as solar tempered by NCSU’s south facing glass vs floor space numbers. I had water heating solar panels for around 20 years. Used the hot water just to supplement my electric hot water heater and they could supply quite a lot of hot water. So much that in the summer I could actually turn off my electric heater. I need to go look at my records but I put them on around 98/99 and took them off around 2018/19 to redo the shingles. I think the controller died a year or two before that so like I say around 20 years. Granted the panels would protect the shingles a lot from damage/wearing out, but the shingles is the main issue I dislike about roof panels. I just hate that the solar panels and roof kind of get in each others way. I didn’t put the panels back on after redoing the shingles, but I still have them. I got rid of the 80 gallon un powered water heater I used as a storage tank for the water the solar panels heated. My electric heated tank started leaking and so I assumed the solar tank would be on the verge of leaking soon too. I like the Tesla style panels since they do the job of the panels and shingles. If I every put on more panels I’ll probably go with something like them.

  14. Cristian H on April 22, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Does he use vivant? Sunrun? Anyone know?

  15. JC Chairez Time on April 22, 2021 at 12:33 am

    We have customers in west Texas that ended 2020 with a check from the electric company. They normally range between $250 – $500, but one of our clients had a $926 credit. They got their checks early this year.

  16. Trevor Westerdahl on April 22, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Does anyone realize how much gas in burned up just to dig up the materials needed for batteries? How much damage is done to the earth? Then you have to transport materials, and, of course use chemicals and machinery to process the materials. These materials are not "sustainable". Someone is not telling real "facts" to the majority of the population. If you look at the Tesla Power Wall, they are not delivering anywhere close to on-time. People are giving up cash and waiting FOREVER… why? … the supply of batteries…. demand is too high. The supply is already too low. Oh… and that helps keep prices high too… you know the supply and demand curve. Economics 101.

    Then people look at the price and everyone looks for the "government’s contribution". The government contributes nothing. Government is politicians spending regular folks money using a credit card where regular folks pay the bill, not the politicians. The rate that the government "helps" with solar right now is about 26% of cost… if you are a regular person. If you are a mega corporation, or a politician, or a friend of a politician, the government helps far beyond 26%. No wonder the rich love "green", because they keep their green money while the rest of us fork out our money to pay for their systems. Use a drone.. fly over any city… who is really getting solar?

    BTW: These very expensive batteries only hold a limited charge and likely can only last a day or two when you really need it. Never mind that they give you phoney math where their calculations assume that the solar cells keep on working, barely degrade over time, and never fail. If it lasts four days now, it certainly won’t in ten or more years. Look it up now.. all estimates assume a 30 year return. How long is the warranty? Exceptional warranties are 20 years, most are less. It should be illegal to provide returns/estimates beyond the warranty period or actual expected life with no real estimate on degradation and failure. Yet they do.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like solar. Its just very expensive and regular folks are, generally, getting screwed. The rich who get completely different deals (funded by regular folks) are loving this. The rich do real math, they lobby the politicians, and they get GREAT deals. They actually install solar where their bills go down (factoring in real math). This is all about money folks, Its not about the environment. If you think your helping the earth, I’m sorry.. your helping politicians redistribute the wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich and that is just fact.

    In California, regular folks "think" they are getting a "deal". Their government jacked up electric rates where they pay their electric bill on a really corrupt scale. They pay something around 15 cents per kilowatt hour…. at night… when its least used. During the day its closer to 39 cents per kilowatt hour (where most of their bill comes from). Then it gets worse, the create phoney baloney factors like BTU factor… meaning they set an arbitrary temperature like 70 degrees and charge more if its above 70 degrees or more if its below. So they basically scam their citizens and send electric bills to the roof and make them think the bad-deal solar options are "great".

    I’m in Texas and pay a fixed all-day, every day, all year 9 cents per kilowatt hour rate. Oh, and if you mention those ridiculous rates that happened from the storm for some people… know the facts… (1) those people chose a "market" rate… they gambled and most people in Texas aren’t that dumb, (2) it was the recently created government group (ERCOT) to oversee rates that caused it. Yep, they calculated math badly, overcharged badly, and expected it to be okay. (3) The members on that panel weren’t even from Texas.. they were from California, Minnesota, Canada, etc.

    Texas is fixing that problem and all of those people already resigned. If California was smart they would fire all their corrupt politicians who spend every moment of every day figuring out how to spread some lie so they can continue their redistribution of wealth from their citizens to themselves.

  17. Flip on April 22, 2021 at 12:33 am

    3 months in and it only cut my bill in half.

  18. shay stern on April 22, 2021 at 12:33 am

    your giggling and laughing way too much

  19. Cyril Riceball on April 22, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Natural Gas, because it is natural & dependable. Solar is unnatural and not dependable. A big weight on your roof, add snow, house fall down. Can’t really knock solar, GAS is solar energy brought to us from 100’s of million years ago. Go gas and be natural.

  20. Kabe _ Boke on April 22, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Hello everyone, any advice on what type of solar and specially battery type for my mum lives in Africa
    All she need use is her Fridge TV and 4 lamps please help me to sort it out for her
    Bless all the mothers 😍😍

  21. Brenda Leverick on April 22, 2021 at 12:38 am

    What about when it hails hard? Do you have to buy all new solar panels? And if you have cloudy weather most of the winter, are you without power? If birds or squirrels get on the panels, does it do any damage?

  22. Scott Whitemyer on April 22, 2021 at 12:39 am

    thanks, learned a lot, having o3 solar rep coming out today to discuss

  23. G K on April 22, 2021 at 12:42 am

    $200/month on electricity ? The first step is figuring out why so much is spent on electricity. Aside from a $200/month gas+electric bill in the three months of colder weather in a Northern California winter, my multi-person house gas+electric utility bills have hovered in the $60-$90/month range for decades even when cooking and washer/drier were all electric.

  24. Duane Lohr on April 22, 2021 at 12:42 am

    I am a supporter of solar, yet I have my doubts. The hardest part about solar panels is that a solar panel is a battery. And batteries go bad. Worse, the lead solar panel puts out all its energy and the rest is just stored energy. And the lead solar panel works as hard as it can until it quits. Uh oh, no electricity coming from the solar . Because of the simple idea that the current draw on the battery is from the first battery in the line. Yes helped by the rest of the panels to supply power. The solar industry needs to change how it develops power in the way that it electronically finds out about an overworked battery.
    Second, damn it solar is only good when the sun shines, yep, daylight hours and then no one wants the electricity unless it is hot which the demand will go up. Is the solar experiment worth keeping people comfortable?? When it is hot outside? I say, trying to keep people comfortable has been our goal for years but it should have never gone this far.

  25. Bob S on April 22, 2021 at 12:43 am

    What happens if you need a new roof with all the solar panels up there.

  26. Allan Daniel Serrano on April 22, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Arizona and Nevada should go solar. It’ll work wonders for them.

  27. E J on April 22, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I don’t think this would benefit anyone living in the woods

  28. jared yonts on April 22, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Your panels are a waste

  29. PlanktoniusRex on April 22, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Getting a loan for solar is like paying one credit card off with another credit card. Save and then buy. Your numbers will be a lot more friendly.

  30. Samy Boca on April 22, 2021 at 12:54 am

    in winter months you have wind so use that to compensate for the shortage

  31. Michael Franklin on April 22, 2021 at 12:54 am

    YOU COULD INSTALL EXTRA WIND TURBINE. IN ADDITION

  32. HW2800 on April 22, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Makes your home look crappy too!

  33. Drones Ahead on April 22, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Cheers man

  34. Oliver Lathe on April 22, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Your not saving anything, you will be spending…..just wait😉 tell them about how much they costs, the loan, what it’s going to do to your roof….I’ll hand over $20,000.00 to my electric company. You won’t win…logic ,math doesn’t lie.,people do.sorry bud, you are not gaining anything…your loosing…Moss ….you’ll figure it out…😉 you won’t be laughing….trust data…so what’s your payment on the loan? Did you forget that, Alain’s with a fee you pay to the electric company, along with the damage it’s doing to your roof underneath the panels?…I really despise people that lye….🤨. Oh, the break even point….wash….hmmm..so for 10 years it’s a wash, then they start failing…do they replace them for free, no they don’t…the whole thing is a joke…get your snow scraper out, your going to need it…just logic and math …..totally do not understand people that have their head in the sand…
    Watch thiese, https://youtube.com/watch?v=tnrCwjMsMss&feature=share
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Xue8xM2QhSs&feature=share

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Xue8xM2QhSs&feature=share

  35. Patrick H on April 22, 2021 at 12:57 am

    What kind of interest rates do you pay in the US? This is insane! Can you not just increase your mortgage? For a 10 year mortgage I am currently paying 0.85%. That is less than 2500.- interest if I pay it back annually.

  36. Avery Ford on April 22, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Do you wash your car by just hosing it off too?

  37. Undecided with Matt Ferrell on April 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Be sure to watch my follow up video Solar Panels for Home – Two Years Later: https://youtu.be/jgdjRADbVDo

  38. злой on April 22, 2021 at 1:04 am

    6:09 1000 kWh?

  39. HELLCAT X132 s on April 22, 2021 at 1:05 am

    No one cares about your solar panels

  40. Brenda Leverick on April 22, 2021 at 1:06 am

    What happens if you have a severe thunderstorm? Are the panels likely to attract lightening? And if they get zapped, what does it so to them?

  41. Bob S on April 22, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Still a big scam for most people. He is an idiot buying this for 29k, Our Government should not pay for this. And all these guys assume that nothing will go wrong with the system…Oh yeah and what if you buy one of these and want to move in a few years. I’ll invest my money elsewhere, thank you.

  42. Bob Smith on April 22, 2021 at 1:07 am

    This is a laughable effort to push solar panels. He minimizes multiple downsides. Says there’s no maintenance, but then goes though pulling snow off, shoveling the results on the ground, hosing the panels to clean them, and faulty switches. Each time it’s clear the value of solar is much less than hoped for, he minimizes that as well. And all of this assumes you’re going to stay in this house for a long, long time, in order for the outlays to even remotely be justified. Oh, and the 25 year life span is going to be a real problem if he does stay there that long, as any potential buyers will look at this as an albatross which will have to be replaced. Finally, when he touts tax refunds, he means the rest of us paying for his nonsense.

  43. destry lett on April 22, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Sounds like you wouldn’t recomend it without the tax credits as it makes the margins much much tighter

  44. rob johnson on April 22, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Do you have any suggestions as to what company to deal with when purchasing panels ?

  45. Kidney Care Coaching on April 22, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Never heard of a roof rake live in NC… some winters no snow at all….

  46. Ajhubbell 37 on April 22, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I put solar on my house with a backup generator. It costs more than my old electric billy about $50 a month. I didn’t do it hoping to save money (that’s the lie of solar) I did it because I live in the Rocky Mountains with an iffy electrical grid and a crippled wife and small children. I did it as a backup to make sure I always had power. It was worth it and I like it but we don’t get as much electricity as promised and it definitely costs more. If you do it then do it for the right reasons and understand that anyone selling a product is always going to oversell their product.

  47. Terence Iutzi on April 22, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I power my house trailer with solar panels they worked fantastically for 2 years until I left the heat on and went home! After that they wouldn’t keep up! So with a years warranty left I took them back. But they said I had use more what hours then they hold so no warranty !

  48. Sub Ripper on April 22, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Went solar with my house because it was the same cost as hooking up to the grid properly (long story). I’m in Canada so my system also has a small grid connection (equivalent to an extension cord) to get us through the winter, but now that it’s spring we’re fully offgrid. Helps that it’s a new mobile home with all gas appliances, so it doesn’t use much power in the first place. We use ~7-12kwh a day, with a 3kw array, 3kw inverter, 24v 500ah battery. Looking into sending excess power back into the grid because we already can’t use all the power the panels can make.

  49. Antoni Bush on April 22, 2021 at 1:14 am
  50. Nefeth Salazar on April 22, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Its all a scam when leasing , it only works long term when buying outright!!

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