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I want to have my charger installed before the car comes. However, due to my complex electrical situation I need some person to look it over. Solar City wants to sign you up without a site visit and I am afraid there will be problems. I guess I will use a local electrician. Anybody have a similar situation?
Herbert

Yes. We have contacted Solar City, given them the specs and photos of the install area. After a series of missed phone calls and us initiating a follow up call, because no one got back to us. We were told we need to sign some contract first before they will come out and do an official quote. They said we needed to sign the contract confirming we are working solely with Solar City before we could get any quote. We don't sign contracts before we know what the estimated cost will be. We told them to send the contact for us to review and an estimate cost of installation and to date we haven't received anything, no contract, no estimate, no phone call/email. Very disappointing experience with Solar City, especially since they are a preferred vendor recommended by Tesla. We are contacting other local electricians and solar companies and getting quotes with no problems or contracts.

Stay away from Solar City even though there is some ownership commonalities between Tesla and them. I wrote on another link that I had a very similar experience as jayzaqt. They kept trying to get me to sign up for a complete house solar distribution set up before they would come out and give me a quote. Wanted me to send pictures, etc of the garage, but never wanted to discuss the install of the outlet.
Finally, I got an electrician to come out and install it.

You might want to make sure they actually do service in your area first because they don't cover all of the United States yet.

Why is the treasury going after solar city? Is this what is keeping tesla stock flat?

Anyone have a good experience w/ Solar City? There seems to be an inherent conflict of interest w/ Tesla but that being the case what are other folks doing for electric charging?

Conflict of interest? Commonality of interest, rather.

Solar city is commonality of interest for Tesla but it's also a conflict of interest in having them recommended by Tesla without a disclosure or obvious disclosure that Elon's an investor.

Solar City's model is as flawed as Tesla's current model. The misguided federal government subsidies have created a non-sustainable model.

We would be best served by figuring out what's a good model to support these initiatives and if this is or is not commercially viable long term.

that being said, i'm a fan but just being critical about the current state.

SC is unique in its leasing arrangement, I think. It also has no connection or commitment to any particular panel brand or design, so is free to use the latest greatest at the time, which is subject to rapid change (as Solyndra etc. discovered to their dismay).

Solar City has been good for me and i'm in Antelope Valley. They installed our Solar and also our High Power Wall Connetor. They were professional,quick, clean and responsive. Now we havent heard of solar city before we had solar so we yelped them. Some good reviews some bad...so i really think they just got a bad installers.

Luckly for me they were good. If they were terriable i would have plastered that on all the reveiw sites so no one would fall into the same trap like i did.

My wall unit charger, SC called from mountain view ca and they were very polite and professional. I just snapped a few shots of garage and my breaker unit and answered a couple of questions and that was it. No one had to come to my house. Although we had a snag with signing the documents, but i think that was an adobe issue.

I dont own any stock of tsla or affliated with them. Just an average joe giving his 2 cents.

Just want to make a correction.... SC is going to setup my wiring to prep for my wall charging unit. They will finalize when i get the wall unit. Still new to this site and dont know how to edit my previous post.

You can't. This site has no edit functions, except for the author of a thread who can edit or delete the original comment (hover the pointer over the Tesla logo upper left to see those options.)

Doing the solar city quote process. How many folks are putting solar on their roofs as well?

Not solar city, but have the panels and room to expand.
http://encsolar.blogspot.com/

@rwang | OCTOBER 25, 2012: Doing the solar city quote process. How many folks are putting solar on their roofs as well?

Having Solar City install a 32kW array on our roof. Currently in the "System Design — Drafting Site Plan" stage. They are not installing the HPWC, because it's a trivial installation and my electrician can do it cheaply.

We just signed a solar lease with sc very happy to lock in to electric rates for twenty year fixed price.

@Alex K - 32kW! Holy c***! How many panels is that? I have a Solar City 4.62kW 22 panel array that takes up half the roof of a 1500 sq. ft. home. I was very happy with Solar City's work.

@stevenmaifert@a... | NOVEMBER 4, 2012: 32kW! Holy c***! How many panels is that? I have a Solar City 4.62kW 22 panel array that takes up half the roof of a 1500 sq. ft. home. I was very happy with Solar City's work.

They didn't say how many panels, but from the preliminary site design, it looks like 133 panels which would make them 240W panels (it's actually 31.92kW). It covers about 9000 sq ft. of roof area. It has been over 6 weeks since they came out for the site inspection, so I'm still waiting to hear back on how they will be installing them. I did a prepay for the lease, which means that my electricity will be "free" for the next 20 years.

@Alex K - Wow! Very impressive. We did a prepay 2 years ago when they were offering 15 year leases. When they finish the system design, they will email you a PDF file with very detailed drawings for your approval.

Alex K;
What does that lease average out to over the 20 yrs, and how does that compare to your grid expenses at present?

@Brian H | NOVEMBER 5, 2012: What does that lease average out to over the 20 yrs, and how does that compare to your grid expenses at present?

The one time lease payment is about $30K. My average monthly electric is $425, it takes less than 6 years to pay for itself if you don't factor in the time value of money. They do have several monthly payment options for the 20-year lease; the cheapest was about $300/mo with a 4-5% increase every year.

Counteracting the time value of money is the likely increases in electric charges. Good deal.

Alex,

That is much better than what I was offered. $8000 to cover ~$70/month electricity (about 40% of my bill). Would take almost ten years to pay for itself--and I'd still have a bill from the power company.


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