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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.

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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.

Other Benefits:

Used non toxic "green" products throughout for better air quality.

Maintenance Requirements:

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

My Motivation:

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:

Get three estimates and check references

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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