I'm getting an estimate for a solar installation next week for my home in South Florida and i'm curious what people's opinions are if they have panels installed or if they have obtained quoted and decided not to go forward. I'm terribly ignorant of exactly how the process works with the tie into the box or exactly what is involved with an installation. I have a general understanding of what the process is and I assume the estimator can fill in some of the gaps for me, which is the whole point. I'm considering either a basic install for hot water only, and or going full bore for a whole house thing or of course I might just decide its not worth the hassle. One factor that is holding me up a bit is that my shingle roof is now 14 years old, so its getting closer every year where it will be time for a new roof, so I'm wondering if it makes sense to do something now when 24 months later I might be needing to remove panels for a new roof install and then pay to have them put back so there is some bad timing involved. I'd like to hear from anyone that has solar, what prompted them to go that route, and have the results been better or worse than expected? Does the electrical tie in offer me any other flexibility? such as tying in a generator backup for power outages etc? Any important questions I should be asking? One side comment, despite the fact that I live in such a sunny area, its quite rare for me to see solar panels, I know they can be hard to spot being on the back side of most homes but in my business I'm in back yards quite often and honestly they really just don't seem to be that prevalent, I do see a number of solar pool heater panels and hot water panels (the black ones), but I rarely see anything else except a bare roof.