Posted by:Scott Shipley
This is where we live and work. Northern Lights Energy is a solar powered solar electric installation firm. We live with what we install. To see more of our work, please visit www.nlightsenergy.com .
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- Scott Shipley, Northern Lights Energy
- Single-Family Residence
- 365 Town Line Rd., Hermon, NY 13652
- 2,300 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 100% or more of electricity
- Event Participation:
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2013 Host
- Solar PV
- December 2011
- Size of System:
- 5.28 kW
- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Rebates:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
What You Need to Know
This system was designed to produce more electricity than we use so that we could convert other energy usage to electric. For example, our domestic hot water production was converted from propane to electricity using a heat pump water heater. We use a propane oven/stove but are cooking more with electric appliances such as a microwave, crockpot, and electric kettle. We also mow our lawn with electricity. There really is no limit to what we can do with electricity made by the sun.
Our system allows us to live our values in real time and to help other folks see how solar can work for them.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Our home is built to be very efficient with super insulation in the walls and triple pane windows in addition to the solar electric system. We heat primarily with wood though we hope to heat more with electricity in the future using heat pumps.
Hire an installer that you trust and that is from your area. There are installers who will travel a long way to install systems. But would you hire a heating contractor who lives 3 hours away?
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