The panels are installed and connected to the inverter, but the whole system is not connected to our power meter. The power company first has to install the net meter (one that runs forward and backwards). Also, waiting for our builder to install a gutter to collect water runoff from the panels. Rain barrels may be in our future.
Everyone who’s seen the solar carport asks the same question. What is the payoff period?
12 years (if you factor in everything except the cost to build carport structure).
17 years (for everything. Panels, inverter, solar installation, construction, painting, labor, permiting).
The way we look at it. Regardless of what payoff period is, we now have a carport that a) protects our cars from the elements and b) should generate 106% of the electric power we use. Two uses for the price of one. And it looks pretty darn nice.