At a time of rising energy costs, the prospect of being able to produce all or part of your energy yourself if you live in a home using solar panels is exciting. But the necessary investment is cooling: according to Engie, the cost of an installation takes between 9,000 and 12,000 euros on average. To lower the bill, Oscaro Power had an idea: offer complete solar kits for you to install yourself. 20 minutes unscramble this offer for you.
Oscaro Power is a spin-off of Oscaro.com. Founded in 2001, the company offers original spare parts for sale so that everyone can repair their vehicle. With Oscaro Power, the spirit has been the same since 2019: “to make solar energy accessible to as many people as possible”, he explains to 20 minutes Marie Juyaux, CEO of Oscar Power. The company has already sold 10,000 of its solar kits so far this year and expects 15,000 sales this year. “And there, it goes fast, very fast. People are convinced of solar energy, says Marie Juyaux. But for many, the question now is when will they make the leap? »
Simulate your installation
Unable to install solar panels ourselves on the roof of our small pavilion in the Parisian suburbs, we carried out the classic consumer journey on the Oscaro.com site. Simplicity is key. In just one minute, we had a clear idea of the budget required for a possible future installation.
To do this, you must enter the monthly amount of your electricity bill (we have indicated 80 euros), specify if you have an electric water heater, electric radiators, a swimming pool and an electric car. But also enter your zip code; choose the inclination of the desired solar panels (depending on where they are going to be fixed), as well as their orientation. The result does not take long.
In three seconds, the site recommends the installation of nine solar panels for an estimated average budget of 3,310 euros, or a reduced electricity bill of 470 euros per year. With this equipment, according to Oscaro Power, we would be able to produce 34% of our electricity consumption. Nothing bad.
To sell or not to sell your surplus energy?
It remains to continue the simulation by choosing the location of the panels (roof, pergola, canopy, floor…), possibly the nature of our tiles, but also a solar panel model. By opting for the recommended TrinaSolar Performance reference (420 Wp), the estimated bill reaches 4,721 euros (for a set of 69 products including panels, cables, fixings, etc.). We are already far from the initial 3,310 euros and the 470 euros of savings per year…
Savings that, in a more detailed examination, included in their calculation the consideration of the income linked to the resale of surplus electricity produced in ENEDIS. A resale that is based on an optional contract of 650 euros (if you wish to entrust the administrative procedures to Oscaro Power and its partner JPME). Failing this, the excess electricity produced is returned to the grid. Our initial estimate of €3,310 skyrockets to €5,371 this time… It’s a bit like a new car: its base price is usually attractive… excluding options!
Be practical and agile
“In the end, our kits allow you to pay four times less than with an installer, pay for themselves in 4 or 5 years and have a useful life of 25 to 40 years,” says Marie Juyaux. But she asks: will we be able to get on our roof and install our photovoltaic kit?
“Yes”, the general director of Oscaro Power answers eye for eye, “our clients do not find any particular difficulty, they are even proud of what they do themselves and, sometimes, they share movies of their installation on YouTube”. And Oscaro Power assures that in case of difficulty, its free customer service, in its offices, “never hangs up without a solution having been found”. There are also video tutorials available. Still, you have to be very skillful, agile… and careful! But the mission does not seem impossible.
Competitors in the queues
Although it allows savings compared to installation by professionals (who can benefit from a reduced VAT rate), Oscaro Power’s solution has its limits, like any photovoltaic equipment. The electricity produced can only be consumed when it is produced, that is, during the day, since it is the light that makes the panels work. It is impossible, for example, to recharge your electric car at night if you have not also purchased a battery to store the energy produced by the solar panels. Drums whose entry price is… 6,000 euros minimum! Or, for us, a global bill of 11,571 euros!
“Our customers don’t buy batteries, but they quickly understand that it’s better to wash their washing machines or recharge their cars during the day and not at night. In this case, we managed to have 100% self-consumption days”, specifies Marie Juyaux.
Producing “domestic” electricity is certainly a trend that will develop. And an indisputable path to the future. Other players, such as Beem Energy, are also positioning themselves in this market with self-installing photovoltaic kits, such as Ikea furniture. With four panels to place on the floor or on your roof (sold for 780 euros), Beem Energy promises to produce 15% of the electricity consumption of a home.
Therefore, before equipping yourself, you should properly estimate your needs and compare offers, no matter how advantageous they may seem at first glance. Perhaps you first make efforts to reduce your consumption and improve your insulation. And put on a turtleneck.
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