Posted by:Brian Desmond
I am a custom home builder and wanted to go solar for many reasons. A big reason was to show my customers that it works, is a smart investment and a no brainer when you plan to stay for the long term. I encourage my clients to consult with Standard Energy to see if solar makes sense. Solar doesn't work for all homes but I trust Standard's high level of integrity when it comes to advising my clients.
- Jim Graham-Yooll, Rembrant Homes
- Derwood, MD
- 3,500 sq ft
- Solar PV
- April 2010
- Size of System:
- 10.5 kW
- To generate electricity
- For space heating
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Additional Financial Notes:
- I went solar when MD's incentives peaked and have realized a 5 year payback. However, in today's market, solar can payback in 8-10 years depending on the quality of your solar resource. If you're building or refinancing your home and roll the cost into the loan, you can be in the black on solar from day 1. Absolutely a no brainer.
What You Need to Know
I have two pole mounted systems and roof mounted as well.
I produce a large majority of my home's energy from solar. I walk the walk so I can speak confidently with my clients that solar is a good investment.
I tilt the pole mounts twice a year to maximize efficiency. Otherwise, no regular or routine maintanence is required.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
I buiild all my homes to be energy efficient. I also installed small wind turbines.
I wanted to utilitze clean enregy to power my home, save money and isolate myself from a utility company that is constantly appling for rate increases with the Publc Service Commission.
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