A few weeks ago, we were talking with a client of ours about the reasons people install a solar systems (PV or water heating). He was telling us about a house being built in the Okanagan which the architect had specified a 1 KW solar PV system to be installed on the house as it was being built.
There was nothing unusual about installing a solar PV system but the question was asked in this case, why did we think this person wanted a Solar system on this particular house.
The house in question just happened to be a huge custom home costing approximately $10 million to build. The comment was made that the clock radios in the bedrooms alone in this house probably use more electricity than a 1 KW PV will produce. This might be a slight exaggeration but its not far off as we will try to explain further down this post.
Most likley in this case, the home owner is not concerned with "payback" on the system. Maybe it was a case of "why not, it looks cool".Read more: Solar Payback