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  • This looks awesome! The cost savings alone make me wish I was living in my own home! Where did you get the panels from?
    By jcolbert, on April 26, 2013

  • 5 stages - 5 different online stores - prices flucuate but some places offer unbelievable deals if you can catch them. Homes loans cant get any lower - jump in!!
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • Good thing about going solar - you find that all the yard tools gradually go from gas to battery, I am even eyeing my gas mower now that there is a battery powered one.
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • Colin you are brilliant. Thanks for sharing and leading by example. We have been wanting to do something like this for years. Great to see it in reality and the results you are getting
    By thorpedo, on April 28, 2013

  • I have always been interested in going solar or wind energy. I've always thought that solar would be 2 fold...1 replace electric & 2 provide some shade from the sun beating directly down on the shingles. I just don't know that much about the wattage on the panels and where and how to install them.
    By Jac_of_all, on May 1, 2013

  • I would love to save money in anyway possible. The solar panels would be a fantastic way to save!!
    By gmb, on May 4, 2013

  • I would have liked to do a project like this myself, but I lacked the know how and required licenses to do it so I had Solar City install mine for FREE and a 20 year lease that is lower than utility rates with NO increases ever! They have a tremendous track record and professional staff to handle all the aspects of the project. Email me for more info and a money saving referral. solarnow at
    By larryp40, on May 4, 2013

  • Looks great! Must have been hot up there during the install. Might I suggest that next time you try a Ryobi 18v li-ion Impact Driver for driving in the lag screws? A beautiful tool for driving in most any type of screw fastener using the proper bit. Once you try one, you'll never grab a drill again unless you need a pilot hole!
    By Rusty Trombone, on May 4, 2013

  • Colin, that was a really impressive project, and the information you shared was about it was fantastic. I hope that more people will be inspired by your efforts, and will install their own solar systems. I has to pass the Link to your WEB sight on to friends to read about. Great job, enjoyed reading about all the details you provided. (retired engineer) BC
    By Bob_C, on May 4, 2013

  • Thanks, There has been 1 install I can say was done partly because the steps listed on the web site cleared up some questions - and at least another 3 people from work have expressed interest. I had my grounding questions answered from another self-installer's web site - so any little help I can give back. And yes - an impact driver is on the list - those lag bolts wore down a few batteries.
    By Colin, on May 5, 2013
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  • This is the type of project I'm interested in. Something that will last for years and is practical as well. Any idea where I can find a step by step?
    By Pellypell, on May 19, 2013
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  • Very ambitious. Thanks for sharing and good luck with this undertaking. Please share more after photos as you progress. And please thank your husband for me for his Army service.
    By thorpedo, on April 28, 2013
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  • Nice. Curius why you did not go with micro inverters?
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • I have no trees that will shade any of the panels, so I felt I didn't need to pay the extra expense of the micro inverters. My old system had a central inverter also and I never had any problems with it.
    By bobmre, on April 27, 2013

  • Am just starting to put together info on Solar & Wind Power. Looking into building my own, as well as purchasing, where to begin? Am I right that both of you purchased your systems?
    By Lady Bell, on May 4, 2013

  • You should start by looking at your electric bill and determining what size system you need to install. Your electric bill will show you how many kilowatts of power you are using. Use a years worth of bills to estimate your usage. In my case, I oversized the system a little bit so that I could use the air conditioning in the summer months. Shop around for you equipment to get the best price.
    By bobmre, on May 4, 2013
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