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Comment I'm in my 5th year and have statistics (Score 5, Informative) 541

I deployed solar panels when I replaced my roof in 2004; the total out of pocket cost after state rebates and federal and state taxes was $14,612. The system generates about 15 KwH on a good day; I live in a tract home in Mountain View, CA. So far, the panels have generated 19,225 KwH, which reduced my energy bill by $10,392 as of May, 2009. I've not seen the expected degradation in the power production, but it's difficult to measure due to changes in the weather -- it's entirely possible that 2004-2005 were cloudier than 2007-2008, or something like that. In any event, the system has delivered between 3819 and 3930 KwH every year. I'm extraordinarily happy with the way this has worked out.

Comment Re: Dogfood (Score 1) 366

But people in the Valley are constantly getting this wrong. The phrase is "see if the dogs eat the dogfood" and it is used when you put something up for sale and see if demand for the product develops. The other phrase is "eat your own cooking" and is used when your company has created something and you want to see if the employees will use it and love it before you put it up for sale to the general public. But for some reason, people keep mixing the two up and talking about eating their own dogfood and it makes no sense (because it makes the employees seem like dogs, for one thing).

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