Possible electrical upgrade cost issue
My detached garage is 100+ feet from my house, and my electrician had quoted me $5,000 to bury a wire from my basement 240V panel to the garage. As much as I’d like to drive a MINI E, that cost was too much on top of the lease payments. So I suggested that we have the utility drop an above ground wire (like all connections to houses in my older neighborhood) directly to my garage—about 30 feet—and have them put in a 2nd meter. My electrician said “Good idea!” and thought there would be no problems and no cost, in her experience, since the utility would always be happy to sell more power. She applied for the permit and submitted the required form to our utility.
A couple of days ago I got a call from the utility to confirm the details of the property and the work order, and to tell me that an engineer will be coming out within 2 weeks to inspect the site and “determine if a 2nd meter can be installed and what the cost will be.” When I asked for clarification, the guy on the phone was abrupt, but conveyed that it was not a given that it would be approved.
This is a disappointment. It’s not over, but now I have doubts.
If I knew the tax credit was going to apply, I’d be in better shape. But without knowing that, I can’t see paying the lease + $1800 + utility installation costs…