The following interview was conducted with Marv N., Southern Current residential solar customer who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Find out how much money you could be saving on electricity costs by contacting Southern Current today!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My wife and I retired to Charleston from Chicago 10 years ago. I am a retired science teacher and my wife is a retired labor and delivery nurse.
Why did you decide to switch to solar energy?
The cost of electricity from SCE&G is high and climbing, which made going solar an easy decision. In the long run, this solar power system will save me thousands of dollars. The environmental impact of burning fossil fuels was also part of our decision. A clean environment is important to us.
How much did you know about solar energy?
As a science teacher, I knew the basics of how solar energy and solar panels work. I did my research on costs and benefits, so I felt comfortable making the decision.
What kind of system did Southern Current install for your home?
I have a rooftop system consisting of 23 LG 285 watt panels along with 23 Enphase microinverters.
What made you choose Southern Current for your solar installation?
I chose Southern Current after speaking with two other companies. The Southern Current representative was an engineer who could best answer my questions and concerns. The installation was designed while we spoke and I was given a firm price for the system. I was able to make changes to the design to get the system I wanted. Plus Southern Current has an office near my home. They can control the quality of the installation because they use their own employees and not sub-contractors.
What was the process of going solar like?
The entire process was made simple by Southern Current. They applied for all the required permits and filed the necessary paper work with the HOA. The installation went on as planned. The city and electric company inspections were done quickly and the system was turned on about 2 weeks after installation.
What benefits have you seen since the installation?
Overall my power bill for the first year was $200. I expect it to be close to zero the second year as the system is building up credits leading into the hot summer months. My system was turned on at the end of April last year so it didn’t have time to build up enough credits to take it through the summer. This the second year, I should have enough credits to get through the summer with little or no cost.
What would you say to someone who is interested in going solar?
Definitely look into it while government rebates & incentives are available. Every situation is different, but one thing is for sure: Electric rates will go up. The payback period is about 7 years and will be less as electric rates rise. Solar panels are one investment that will pay back dividends for years to come. When you call solar companies for information, I would definitely include Southern Current in the comparisons.
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