I've been seeing panels going up like crazy. I also live in one of the top 5 US states for solar energy, New Jersey. Everyone who I have spoken to has said that it was the best investment they ever made. I have only had one company come so far to give an estimate, I want to get a few quotes first. I was told that my house easily qualifies as I have almost no shade on my roof and it faces the right direction. If you have them please share you experience. Did you purchase or are you leasing? How much are you paying? How has your electric bill been? Another question I have is when you have solar panels, are you actually using the solar energy you generate or are you still just using energy from the grid like before and being credited for the energy you generate back into the grid on your electric bill? How does that work?