Review for YSG Solar
The Solar system in Brooklyn I always wanted!
I am DELIGHTED with my Solar World solution from YouSaveGreen. I started my exhaustive research in early 2014 to put a solar solution on my 115 year old 2-family row house in Brooklyn. My goal was to have an owned system that would cover 100% of my solar needs with sufficient PV overproduction to generate wholesale electricity I could sell to ConEd to reduce my payback period. Thinking ahead, if the net metering program ever ends or if ConEd ever significantly reduces the wholesale buy back price, my system would be big enough to potentially cover part or all of the electricity bill of my rental. With the big system I wanted, I could eventually tie the PV into both meters and eventually charge my tenants for the excess PV.
David at YouSaveGreen was the only rep out of the 4 companies I spoke to who"got" what I was trying to achieve and actively worked with me to design a solution that would satisfy all my goals.
The process of permitting with the City is not fast, so manage your expectations. From system design,application with the various entities, permitting and installation, the process took about 5 months, so manage your expectations. And then ConEd took another 3 months before completing everything they needed to before fully assigning the new net meter they installed for my apartment with the PV system so I could get full credit for the excess electricity I generate each month.
From the initial advice, to the engineers they sent out and especially the installation crew who did me a real solid by offering an alternative design and orientation of my panels to maximize exposure and system generating ability, YSG has been great. They dealt with all of the time consuming applications, permitting and endless follow up required to get anything done with the multiple City bureaucracies that must sign off on a system like this.
So now, just over 4 months after installation, I am on track to generate about 200% of my monthly average consumption by year end. While I was not eligible for the State Tax credit as I am not a full time resident of NY, my payback period will be about 8 years (would have been 5.8 with the State Tax credit). Unlike many of the other companies I spoke to, YSG installs systems guaranteed for 25 years on the panels AND the inverters.
One of my favorite things about this solution is that I can monitor my system from my cell phone, tablet, computer from anywhere in the world in real time. So if there ever will be a problem, I will know immediately and can take action.
I am so happy with my solution that I am now speaking to family members and friends about my real world experience.
If you have a 2-or multi-family dwelling, there is no reason not to make this investment.
My final point: With about half the total cost of the system covered by tax credits and installation incentives, Net metering for billing flexibility, the ConEd wholesale buyback program, the protection from electricity rate hikes FOREVER, the tax abatement for the improvement, added home value once solar is installed and the other potential tax write offs you have for depreciation and improvements for rental properties or multi-family homes, it is hard to make an argument why NOT to do this. I only wish I had done this sooner.
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