- Single-Family Residence
- 2,200 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 50% to 74% of electricity
- Solar PV
- January 2012
- Size of System:
- 7 kW
- To generate electricity
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
28 Helios 6T 250 panels with Enphase M215 microinverters, grid tie system
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
TED5000 home energy monitoring system. Second experimental, non grid tie, 2 panel solar PV system with battery storage for backup power
#1 personal goal, finally went solar after 30 years of thinking about it #2 Environmental benefits #3 control my energy costs #4 American jobs with US made panels
With the availability of solar leases and PPAs if you have good exposure its an easy decision to go solar now. One issue that I have noticed though is that I probably spend too much time checking to see how much power I am producing during the day.
Experience with Installer:
Brightstar Solar did a great job on the design, they had no problem with doing a redesign when I changed my requirements. They even moved up my installation date when it looked like my Utility would run out of net metering capacity. The installation went smooth. I continue to keep in touch with them.
Had to top 1 tree to increase my efficiency. Also had to move one of the house vent stacks to make room for more panels, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. House is all electric except for oil heat, need to work on reducing our energy needs due to the hot water heater next.
Single-Family Residence|Solar PV