The 8.4 KW PV system provides 100% of our electricity. The Climate Master Energy Star rated ground source heat pump provides all heating and air conditioning for the 2100 square foot house.
or more of electricity
or more of hot water
or more of space heating
or more of air conditioning
- Single-Family Residence
- 4 Balsam Way, Clifton Park, NY 12065
- 2,100 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 100% or more of electricity
- 100% or more of hot water
- 100% or more of space heating
- 100% or more of air conditioning
- Deep energy retrofit
- Zero net energy
- Event Participation:
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2012 Host
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2013 Host
- Solar PV
- January 2010
- Size of System:
- 8.4 kW
- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Rebates:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Additional Financial Notes:
- Provides 100% of household electricity plus power to charge new Nissan Leaf. 2010 installation, I believe price of systems have come down substantially since.
Professionals & Suppliers
- Energy Auditors:
- Steven Winters Associates, Carla Donnelly Senior Sustainability
What You Need to Know
Grid Tied PV-1st year generated 2500 KW more than we used. Our house is a LEEDS Platinum, NAHB Emerald level green , New York Energy Star building, with an EPA indoor Air Plus certificate. Net ZERO Energy, Historic renovation of single family residence using closed cell foam insulation, Ground source heat pump, Water Sense fixtures, Energy Star appliances and lighting, solar hot water, Cool Roof and 8.4 KW photovoltaic panels.
Used non toxic "green" products throughout for better air quality.
Clean snow once or twice in winter rather than wait for the snow to melt. Twice a year raise and lower pole mounted arrays to increase production depending on angle of the sun.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Led and Compact Florescent Light Bulbs. FSC Certified Wood, recycled and local building materials, Non-Toxic Products, Rain Barrels, Recycled Materials, Super Insulated Walls/ Roof using Soy based closed cell spray foam
To not use fossil fuels and to reduce energy costs. We have three goals that motivated us to rehab this 1830 home. To keep it's historic integrity, to build green, sustainable and non toxic and to have net zero energy.
The return on investment has improved even since we bought our system in 2010. Look ahead, not in front of you.
Experience with Installer:
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Open House Info:
Exit 8 from I -87, west to Moe Rd., right on Moe Rd, 1.5 miles to bend in road, turn right onto Balsam Way. #4 White house and barn on left after turn.
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