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Return visitors to SolarPowerRocks.com may notice that we’ve got some new links that say “Find Solar Group Purchasing Programs in Your City.” What does this mean and why should you care? A valid question. We shall explain.
What’s Solar Group Purchasing
It’s a simple concept. The more people who buy solar, the easier it is for a single solar company to give volume discounts. Our new partner, One Block Off the Grid, (1bog.org), pre-negotiates a no-haggle, low price for solar with a large installer in a particular city. All you have to do is sign up, and get the discounted deal.
There are many cities where 1bog.org has active solar deals. The latest two are in Northern New Jersey and San Antonio, Texas. We recently highlighted the tremendous rebates available in Northern New Jersey, so let’s shine a solar powered light on 1bog’s new San Antonio campaign.
- The lowest price Solar Fred has ever seen. At $4.80/DC Watt, I have to say that I have never seen a price that low for a residential installation. Seriously. The average price for solar around the U.S. is around $6 to $7/watt. That $1.20/watt discount is going to save you thousands of dollars. For say an average 5000 watt system, $1.20 x 5000 adds up to…. $6000 off! To see how much solar will actually cost you, 1bog has created a very simple to use estimate calculator. Use it after you read the rest of these bullet points. Or come back. I’ll wait.
- 1bog keeps it simple. They do your homework for you and deal only with the most qualified solar installers in your area. For San Antonio, 1bog chose Standard Renewable Energy, a national installer that’s been around the block with solar many, many times. In Texas alone, they’ve installed 200 kW a month for the past six months. That’s about 40 homes a month, so you know they’re going to do it right with all of that experience.
- You get quality solar panels. 1bog ensured that you’re not getting cheap no-name brand equipment for their low price. Depending on your needs, you’ll get either SunTech or Sanyo panels. That may not mean a lot to an average consumer, but Solar Fred knows panels, and these brands are highly rated with a long track record. Same with the inverter. Xantrex is a very well known, quality brand.
- It costs you nothing to get a quote or for 1bog’s discounted pricing. Unlike Costco, Sam’s Club, or other group purchasing programs, 1bog’s big solar discount service is free. There’s no annual membership or hidden fees. Instead, 1bog collects a referral fee from Standard, who is happy to pay it for 1bog decreasing their marketing costs. So all in all, it’s a win-win-win for everyone.
Honest, this San Antonio program really is a great deal that’s difficult to match, but you can certainly do your own homework and try. Just keep in mind that you need to sign up for this program before April 23, 2010. If you miss that deadline, bummer, but sign up anyway, and 1bog will let you know when the next San Antonio campaign starts.
Any questions, please let us know, or check out 1bog’s San Antonio site for the full beef.