Our next big reno project.
So I called The Mark Group, and their rep. came out here this morning. He stayed for nearly 3 hours and was very knowledgable and informative. He took down lots of details, checked our electricity bills, took photos of the roof, and eventually called his office with his phone on speaker so we could hear the conversation. The tech. at the other end instructed the rep to turn on his iPad and look at the email he sent. It was a Google Earth photo of the roof of our house, and the tech had already processed the information the rep gave him, and drawn up an initital plan for where the panels should go. We were very impressed! So much so, that with all the information he gave us, we decided not to hunt around for quotes, as we really don't know enough to compare his quote with others.
We said we don't want it done until about August because we've got other expenses before then, and are trying to spread them out over the rest of the year. The total cost of panels, inverter, and installation is $7100, which sounds about right compared to what we've heard from other people.
The other expense we are faced with somewhat sooner is repairing or replacing the fences that we share with our neighbours on each side. The first quote was quite cheap, as the tradesman was just going to prop up the existing fences. The guy who came out today suggested that both fences should be completely replaced, at a cost of over $8000. Assuming our neighbours will split the cost with us (and they have both agreed to) it leaves us with $4000 to pay, but we're not sure that the neighbours will agree to that price, so we're going to have to sit down with them to discuss it.