First of all, thank you to our guest speaker, John Hay, Extension Educator for Bioenergy at UNL, who provided an excellent discussion on the steps for completing a good economic analysis for a Solar PV system. His presentation included the common mistakes that lead to poor or misleading analysis; the best economic metric for describing economics of a system; and beyond economics, how individual goals, values, and motivations impact solar PV decisions.
John is a do-it-yourselfer who designed and installed a photovoltaic system for his own home. He also has given presentations and taught hands-on workshops in communities throughout Nebraska, solely or in partnership with Jon Dixon, owner of Dixon Power Systems based in Lincoln.
We also extend our appreciation to our attendees, who came from as far away as Allen, Nebraska. Audience members contributed many insightful questions and comments to the discussion that followed Mr. Hay’s presentation.
Photo Credit: David Corbin, Nebraskans for Solar Board Member and Facebook Coordinator
If you missed last night’s event, check out the following resources:
- Solar Electric Investment Analysis, by F. John Hay, Nebraska Extension Guide
- UNL CropWatch Videos
- Sustainable Energy Options
Web Seminar Series
- Estimating Production
- Assessing System Cost
- Value of Electricity
- Understanding Incentives – With Solar Leasing Bonus Section
- Conducting a Financial Analysis
- Modeling a Solar Electric System Using System Advisor Model
Solar Electric Investment Analysis Series, by Eric Romich and F. John Hay, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
How-To Guide For Do-It-Yourselfers
Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home is a fully-illustrated step-by-step guide written by veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and long-time builder Philip Schmidt.