The Guiltless Green Theater
The power developed by the panels more than offsets the usage of the theater. Chosen were four Sharp 175-watt panels that produce 700 watts per hour, and they are tied into the main panel of the house. No battery is required because the entire house runs off the panel, not just the theater.
Besides the benefit of guilt-free home theater, there are additional homeowner benefits. According to The Wall Street Journal, people are putting up solar panels and using the tax credits as a deposit.
The price of the solar panels, inverter, roof rack, cabling and installation earn the homeowner a deduction of 30 percent from their federal tax obligation. In this case, the solar system was a $5,880 install, which entitles the owners to a tax credit of $1,764.
There is usually a seven-to-eight-year homeowner payback on the entire investment, depending on where in the country you live. This is a great marketing tool, and the extra power generated will be returned to the grid if you use less than 700 watts per hour. Clarified Robbins, “You can’t even see the solar panels from the street, yet they can produce approximately 22,000 watts weekly. (700 watts per hour X 4.5 usable hours X 7 days in a week.) Using the power consumption of the theater, a family could enjoy 16 hours a week without using any electrical power from the grid. Any less viewing would send power back to the grid or diminish the overall usage of the entire house.”