Wadsworth, Ohio resident Thomas Shuster is thrilled with the production from his 4.0 kW solar power system. Shuster installed 16 Canadian Solar CS6P 250 watt poly-crystalline panels to go along with his SMA Sunny Boy string inverter. His panel efficiency is over 16% while his inverter efficiency is 96%.
“In the back of my mind, I always wanted to get them,” said Shuster. “We all should get them on our roofs, it would be great.”
His system is forecasted to produce 5,000 kWh of electricity per year. This is enough to offset the burning of two-and-a-half tons of coal. Based on a state average of $0.12 per kWh, this would be electrical savings of over $600 per year, or around $52 per month.
“I’ve thought about getting more panels. I felt like I was doing something good for the environment.”
Shuster contacted YellowLite in July of 2015 and his solar panels were installed in August. Shuster was initially concerned about the amount of shading on his system since his house is surrounded by trees on the west and north with a few scattered trees to the south. They did not materially affect the sunlight on his panel array which is positioned on the front of his house in two separate arrays: on an east-facing roof and a south-facing roof.
“Considering we have a forest on the west side of the house, we put the panels on the only side of the house it would make sense. The west side’s where the trees are, so the afternoon shadows are at play. I’m thinking of taking a few trees down to get better access to sunshine.”
When asked what the deciding factor was between YellowLite and other solar companies, Shuster said it was a combination of the service, price, and warranty. Shuster said he investigated solar thoroughly before eventually finding YellowLite. “You guys had ads on the Internet so I called up and spoke to you guys. I liked Fida. He came out and we hashed out all that was involved in the contract. It was a really good deal and I decided to go for it.”
The equity that has been added to the Shuster house is approximately $12,500. It should be noted that the added equity value to your property is based on a rate of $3.11 a watt from the latest research but it is always a good idea to contact your realtor.
“I had no complaints on the installation. They did a really nice job and put the panels where the sun is going to get them.”