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Old 06-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Solar Install Costs...$8k

Just received a quote for the installation of a 400 watt charging system from an AM Solar dealer in my area: $8,343!

That's about $2k per 100 watt. No question, it would be top drawer, but is this typical? (I almost choked on my coffee when he got back to me with this price!)
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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Go price a pair of 2000 watt generators. They will work when the sun DOESN'T shine!


Seems way high to me.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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You can get a 100 watt panel from Northern Tools for $400. 400 watts seems a ton. What are you doing watching tv?
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Mike, that is totally out of hand. Get another quote from somewhere else if you are not up to doing the job yourself.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Plus you can get a charge controller for $90 that does up to 450 watts. You could do it yourself for less than $2000. or buy the stuff for $1,700 and have someone else install it.. $8,000 they must be crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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My 250 watt system, including charge controller and Bogart monitor set me back about $1800 on a do it yourself basis.
At that time 8 years ago panels were going for about $5.00 a watt.Now they are below $2. a watt. Have actually seen them pushing $1.00 a watt a few places
Either he has a high markup or a very high labor charge
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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You need to spell out details on what the system you chose to be quoted was - and what labor charges were called out on it too...

Either of their 100w panels are pretty much a deal at $1.90 or $2.50 a watt when bought separately.

Their prices on the Magnum line of pure-sine inverters and chargers are low/middle of the pack too, and thats a great inverter.

Their mounting systems are a little pricey but come complete except for sealants.

Their battery line is only AGM type and they have a full selection with that 'full' list price schedule too.

Some how $8000+ does not compute unless you requested upgrades to every available option!!



Stay far far away from the harbor freight / northern tools panels 'thin-film' panels.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:41 PM   #8
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Check out this site lots of info and good prices.

RV and Marine pre-packaged solar power kits

IMO $8000 is out of line.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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You need to spell out details on what the system you chose to be quoted was - and what labor charges were called out on it too...
Some how $8000+ does not compute unless you requested upgrades to every available option!!
Labor charges were about a third of the total price. There are all kinds of variables here, I realize, but without getting into all the details, I basically wanted 400 watts of power, installed. No upgrades involved. Thanks, everyone, for your replies!
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My 150 watt AM Solar system with a 200W Morningstar Charge Controller with remote readout and all the wires clips connectors etc. etc. cost about $1,500. I installed it myself. BTW the installation of the panels and Charge Controller was very easy. Hardest part was having to remove the pantry / Microwave cabinet in order to install the wire. For the record I ran the wire from the roof down the fridge vent (using a grommet in the alum on the side of the vent coming out of the roof). Anyway your quote sounds way high. I also want to say that I was very happy dealing with AM Solar. Good folks and very helpful with the pre and post purchase questions.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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I have some friends in the 'green' business. Things are busy for them, so they quote high. That's why they are called quotes - get a few of them to see who is screwing you the least.

The local RV dealer here does 150 watts for $1200 installed... adding more/bigger panels is pretty much just an increase in the parts...
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I don't get it.
You've got a 3 ton camper being pulled by (I'm guessing) a 3 ton vehicle.
Probably gets 12 mpg on the road.
Is this an attempt to go Green somehow or are you really doing that much boondocking?
It seems that a 2KW generator at $800 and 200 gals of fuel at $4/gal = $800 would last you about forever. And that's not counting the increased air drag from all the paraphernalia attached to your roof.
What am I missing here?
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One more datapoint for you, AM Solar 300 watt system, with upgraded 45A morningstar controller and cables, in the event I wanted to add more panels some day. Materials $2500, and a weekend of my time to install.

To store the output of your 400 watts, are you upgrading/adding batteries as well? Adding an inverter? Those components could account for part of the quote as well.

A description of my install is at the link in sig.
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I built a solar system for my 1.5acre property in northern Az. I have a 1974 30ft Silver Streak trailer with a 12x20 attached living & bed room building.. I have 3 used panels totaling 285 watts, 10 - 6volt deep cycle batteries,3000 watt inverter which cost me less than $2500.00 For my 25ft AS Caravanner I'm installing 1- 100 watt panel and 2-Ge 6volt Trogan batteries aprox $500-600 That should be good for boondocking for a few days. Generator back if longer stay without shore power....Tee
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