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RWestergar

My solar photovoltaic system offsets over 100% of the electricity used by my small consulting business.

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Quick Facts
Average Annual Savings

$900

Energy Needs Met

50% to 74%

of electricity

Energy Needs Met

25% to 49%

of space heating

Energy Needs Met

50% to 74%

of air conditioning

Net Investment

$8,700

Return on Investment

10.3%

What You Need to Know

Description:

The system consists of Eighteen Photovoltaic panels mounted on manually tiltable racks on two steel poles. Each panel has an enphase DC to AC inverter. The entire assembly is connected to the grid via a utility provided net meter.

Other Benefits:

I can legitimately call my business "green" now.

Maintenance Requirements:

So far, it requires adjusting the tilt 4 times per year to maximize production.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

In 2008 we added 4 inches of dense foam insulation when we replaced the roof. In 2006 We added insulated shutters for nightime use to the wall of windows on the south side of the house which function as passive solar heating on sunny days in Winter, but are protected from sun by an overhang in Summer.

My Motivation:

The desire to make the world a better place for the next generation, and do it for a reasonable price.

Advice:

Find a first rate installer and work with them to design the best system for your location.

Experience with Installer:

David Elliott is a true "believer" in solar power and was able to keep all of the components made in the US, the poles and racks were produced locally in Johnstown, NY

Additional Notes:

The system was installed by a small Solar company named "Enlighten Power Solutions" owned by David Elliott of Johnstown, NY. When I entered that name in the installers block above your system rejected my submission. The biggest challenge was deciding which trees to cut down to maximize the power production without damaging the wooded character of our neighborhood.

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