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KHON2 News article by Kirk Matthews.
Karen Delaney has no qualms about turning on the lights for her children Jake and Parker. That’s because her electric bill is significantly lower than it has been in the past.
Sunrun has placed a photovoltaic system on their roof for free.
“And basically what it is, it’s solar as a service offering so residents of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island have the opportunity to go solar with zero out of pocket but basically use solar energy,” said Alex Tiller of Sunetric.
In its most simplistic terms, Sunrun has become a small utility company.
Residents who put the PV system on their roofs pay a fixed amount for that electricity that’s generated.
“They get the system for free, they achieve an immediate savings right away that’s relatively small – can be ten or twenty dollars a month in savings. But that cumulatively over twenty five years can be up to 30 thousand plus dollars,” said Tiller.
The system also adds to the resale value of the house – Sunrun says the system’s advantages are portable, moving on to the next homeowner.
“It really was a part of the decision making process of – will we be here another twenty years and you never know, so it made that part of the decision easy for us,” said homeowner, Matt Delaney.
Delaney says there were a number of reasons his family decided to go with the Sunrun photovoltaic system.
“They put it up on our roof, they paid for it and so it really didn’t take me being a CPA to figure out the dollars and sense. It was doing the right thing, going solar for the environment, reducing our carbon footprint and ultimately saving money out of our monthly operating expenses,” said Delaney.
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