We signed a contract with Solar City this week, for a 3.1KwH solar roof array.
Solar City has apparently put together a lease program that strips the tax advantages, but offers the system for $75/month (escalating 3.5%/year) for 15 years. Since it's guaranteed to save us at least $60/month in electricity (possibly as much as $80 - we live in a funny climate zone near the beach), and since I think utility prices are going to spike hard when all the energy costs, bad employee contracts, and deferred maintenance and needed upgrades in infrastructure come home to roost - it seemed like a smart thing to do.
And even if not smart, it seems like the right thing to do.
I'll keep everyone posted. My biggest issue now is that the inverter is set to shut the system down during brownouts or blackouts to protect the grid. Because we get brown or blackouts on sunny summer afternoons, I'd love to figure how to use the panels off the grid.
I'll be doing some research.