How to get started with solar if there are no local companies?
I was interested in adding some solar to my house and still keep the electric utility as a backup. But there are no solar companies around here to do the work. (BTW, I'm in the NE)
What do you recommend? But mail-order? Is it a do it yourself type of job?
I was told it cost $8 a watt to go solar. I could probably swing about a 2000 watt setup. Do you think 2000w is enough for 2 people in a 2000 SF house? I figure if I run the toaster a couple times a week I can use the power grid.
Also if the panels go on the roof, should a new roof be put on first if the shingles are about 17 years old?
And as far as future budgeting, when will the solar panels, hardware and batteries need to be replaced?