A short while back, our favorite neighbor's tree knock a big chunk of our roof off (and his own). Our insurance came and looked at it and said that we needed a new roof, not just that section. Q and I discussed it and decided that we would get bids for the new roof and also for solar panels. Since there are a number of rebates (including a large one from the city electric company) and we got some decent bids, we are replacing the roof with a metal roof and having the solar panels installed. Today they started the work and it looks like the roof will be finished tomorrow and I'm very grateful that the roof is being done so quickly. I don't know how long it will take to add the solar panels, but I'm hoping that those will go up quickly as well.
On a side note, to those considering a home equity loan, it is a very long drawn out process and if I had known what it was going to entail, we would have just refinanced the house which would have been a little more paperwork but better overall.