Home Depot Selling Solar Power Systems

Real Estate Agent with Eco-Steward Realty

I was just reading in  USA Today that Home Depot is selling solar power systems made by British Petroleum. Here is the link.  Here is the info on the system from BP:

The BP 3125 photovoltaic module is designed to provide superior value and performance for remote home, industrial, and residential use. With time-tested multicrystalline silicon solar cells and 125 watts of nominal maximum power, it provides cost-effective power for DC loads or, with an inverter, AC loads. With 36 enhanced-efficiency cells it charges 12V batteries (or multiples of 12V) efficiently in virtually any climate. Its unique IntegraBusTMtechnology provides added reliability through reliable outside bussing and by reducing diode and module temperature during module shading. The BP 3125 is used in remote systems for applications including telecommunications, pumping and irrigation, remote villages and homes, and land-based aids to navigation. It is also used in utility-grid supplemental systems for residences and commercial buildings.

Available versions include:
BP 3125U - Framed module with high capacity junction box
BP 3125S - Framed module with polarized cable connectors

BP Solar 3125 specifications

 The article says the cost is about 45K but with tax credits and incentives bringing the price down to 25K. Does anyone have any feedback about this system or know someone who has had it installed? I don't know alot about electrical characteristics so don't get a sense of how much power this would supply to an average home.  

Comments (9)

Renee Adelmann
Marin Modern Real Estate - Mill Valley, CA

Solar installation costs tend to be regionalized.

In Marin County, the average cost of a solar system installation is approx. $9.29 per watt.

Its hard to say if this home depot price is competitive however additional competition added to the mix (especially from big box realtors) will frequently bring prices down in general.

Jan 05, 2008 12:38 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
Interesting news! I really believe that alternative sources for energy will be needed sometime in the very near future, especially if the price of fuel keeps going up. I have had my eyes on solar for awhile. I'll check this out.  Thanks for the post!  8-)
Jan 05, 2008 12:47 AM
Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN
The more they sell, the more the price goes down.
Jan 05, 2008 02:31 AM
Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC

Hi Renee:

I would also think that the different states' solar incentives would also effect the overall price.

Jan 05, 2008 06:39 AM
Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI
Bill, Good and bad news. An American Company should be pushing solar made in the US (personal opinion) Last spring they were also offering small wind turbines. I'm glad to see they are marketing alternative energy.
Jan 05, 2008 01:17 PM
Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC

Hi Michael:

While you are checking out the price of the solar see how long they are going to warrant the batteries for the system. They say the panels are under warranty for 25 years but don't mention the batteries.

Jan 05, 2008 11:57 PM
Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC


I think it is interesting that an oil company is pushing the first mass marketed solar energy system. The Europeans are miles ahead of us on almost all fronts of renewable energy so I guess I was not surprised to see a non-American company be the first ones out of the gate. I just hope that is a viable system. otherwise it could turn more people off about solar.

Thanks for dropping by Big Guy!  

Jan 07, 2008 02:35 AM
Jenny Persha
Keller Williams - Madison, WI
This is really fantastic news! 
Jan 07, 2008 03:07 AM
Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC

Jenny and Anyone Else Out There:

If someone knows anythng about this system either by looking at the specs or second/third knowledge of someone who has purchased one, I would really like to know what it has going for it.  

Jan 07, 2008 06:06 AM