I'm looking for ideas for getting the cost of off-grid solar down. It needs to be legit and permitted so a real electrician is needed. The place is wooded, a new 2-story house with a smallish south pitched roof (3-12 pitch). It has a much larger east and west pitch on the roof. It's on top of a mountain and there's crazy wind at times and snow. We need 6 x 300W panels and 8 batteries to start (with expansion later). The electrician first said the panels could go on the roof, then he said the snow would get in the way and shade them so they had to be pole mounted. And he wants to put the pole 100' away with a buried cable because there are too many trees around the house. So the cost is now $16,000 for just the panels and charge controller; 26,000 for the complete system. After this last revision, it just seems way too much, and too complex. I need creativity in how to do this cheaper, without the long trench/cable, but still legal. I'm thinking the south facing part of the roof will fit 4 or 5 panels without the need for a pole. There is a lot of snow, but there's a balcony and I could reach to brush it off. We could just survive with 4 panels, maybe. (If we only do laundry when it is sunny?) Or could some of the panels be mounted on the west facing slope high enough so the snow doesn't block it?