Think Costco is just for gigantic boxes of macaroni and cheese or 42 lb bags of rice? Think again! Costco is now selling grid-tied solar energy kits, ranging in price from $3,599.99 for an 880Watt system all the way up to $17,999.99 for a 5060Watt system. The kits are from solar provider Grape Solar, which prides itself on being made in America with the market’s “lowest per watt pricing”, have been available over at Amazon.com for a while and have now arrived in the true mass marketplace — a warehouse store. I don’t shop at Costco because, well, I don’t need anything in bulk that is worth the price of admission, but if I was in the market today for solar panels I might just have to sign up for a membership.
As with most solar installations, depending on where you live these kits are eligible for federal, state and local utility rebate and incentive programs, so check DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) to see how much you may be able to get back if you were to purchase one of these solar kits. These four are the ones currently listed on the Costco.com site:
The 880Watt kit can generate between 60kWh and 180kWh of electricity per month, power equivalent to the energy consumption of a 15 Cu Ft refrigerator. This package comes with four solar panels, micro inverters, and racking system for $3,599.99.
The 2300Watt kit can generate between 210kWh and 420kWh of electricity per month. This is about 1/3rd of the electrical power consumption of an average 1200SF home. The kit consists of ten solar panels, an inverter and a roof-top racking system for $8,999.99.
The 3680Watt kit can generate between 336kWh and 672kWh of electricity per month. This is 1/2 of the electrical power consumption of an average 1200SF home. The kit consists of 16 solar panels, an inverter and a roof-top racking system for $13,499.99.
The 5060Watt kit can generate between 462kWh and 924kWh of electricity per month. This is about 72% of the electrical power consumption of an average 1200SF home, and the kit consists of 22 solar panels, an inverter and a roof-top racking system for $17,999.99.
So if you are thinking of going solar at home and you are a member of Costco, you may want to check these out the next time you are stocking up on cases of beer or multiple gallons of milk!
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