Our community is promoting solar panel installation to help homeowners reduce electricity costs - they've selected three different vendors and are advertising federal and state incentives (to make it more attractive).
We've received quotes from one vender (out-of-pocket cost would be between $5800-$7500 after incentives - depending on type of panel and inverter). Now the question of "design" has come up. The ideal location would be a SW facing garage roof - would fit 14 panels and again, depending on panel, they would provide between 85%-95% of electricity usage. The electric meter is located on the NW side of house - there's a family room in between garage and "main" house, in order to reach meter.
Vendor wants a deposit - agreeing to proposal BEFORE discussing design. Said if we can't come to agreement on design, they'll refund the deposit. ?????????? My thinking is design is part of the initial proposal - one doesn't give a contractor a deposit BEFORE seeing the design.
My biggest concern is running wire(s) along roof from panels to meter - there is no attic in family room to run wires. Its a Cape, so there is very little attic space along back wall of upstairs. Is running wire outside, along roof, down side of house to meter a good idea - roof is 4 years old so won't be replacing anytime soon.
Any solar panel contractors/installers in the ToH group have any suggestions?