System Provides 116% of annual usage.
or more of electricity
or more of air conditioning
- Single-Family Residence
- Hoffman Hill Rd, Rollingstone, MN 55969
- 2,450 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 100% or more of electricity
- 100% or more of air conditioning
- Solar PV
- August 2017
- Size of System:
- 12.4 kW
- Monitor performance:
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- To generate electricity
- Gross Cost of System:
- Value of Tax Credits:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Annual Revenue:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Additional Financial Notes:
- The $0.08/kWh S.R. incentive for each kWh the Solar PV system produces over the first 10 years. Xcel power company (in Minnesota) pays me for actual production. My 2017 production netted me $450 in addition to offsetting my annual usage (first 6 months). In 2019 (2018 total production) I received a check for $1200 for my first full year of production. This is well above average I expect to receive, a late winter snow fall increased production. I was surprised how much my panels could collect simply from reflections off snow coverage around panels. Late winter production in 2019 is much closer to predicted results from my installer. That is why I state the $1000 annual revenue. This will always change as it is very dependant on amount of sun I receive each year.
Professionals & Suppliers
- 40 - 310 watt Bloomberg Tier 1 Csun solar modules
- 20 - 500 watt dual APS Microinverters
- Malina Solar Structures Ground Mounted Racking
- Winona Renewable Energy
- Paid cash
What You Need to Know
12,400 Watt (11.8 kW AC) Solar Electric Grid Tied System consisting of 40 - 310 watt Bloomberg Tier 1 Csun solar modules, 20 - 500 watt dual APS Microinverters and Malina Solar. Structures Ground Mounted Racking set to tilt the modules at 43 degrees and is estimated to generate 14,900 kWh/yr on average. This is a turn-key system which includes all materials, installation, zoning permit, utility tie-in, and all associated paper work. Tied-in solar PV to main electric pole. Solar Rewards Incentive lasts 10 years. Customer to keep the $0.08/kWh S.R. incentive for each kWh the Solar PV system produces over the first 10 years. Customer to receive and claim all SRECs after 10 years. Service Equipment, Wire, misc. materials Csun Tier 1 Silver on White Solar Module 10/25 Year Warranty/Guarantee Csun-300 Ground Mounted Racking 500 watt/240V APS 500i Microinverter with Connectors, Terminators, Cabling, etc. 25 year warranty Installation by Master Electrician, NABCEP Certified Installer, and Team.
Distance from array location to grid connection was longer than expected. Designer made sure proper size wires used to minimize losses. If I remember correctly designer wanted no more than a 2% loss. Also second conduit buried to allow increasing size or installing second system in same area.
None, sufficient rainfall during year to clean panels. Winter maintenance is minimal, heavy snow (6" plus) melts and slides off within three days. The 2018/2019 winter resulted in heavy snowfall in my area. A snowbank in front of my solar system prevented snow from sliding off several panels and reducing my production for about 2 weeks.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Installed more efficient air conditioners in home, new electric stove/oven, 50% lights now have LED bulbs, and new cloths washing machine.
Long term investment, this is for the home I retire in, look forward to not having an electric bill when older. Also have plans to build micro-hydro system in creek next to home. (retirement project) In all honesty, I did not do this just to say I am doing my share to save the environment. Yes added benefit, but if it was not a financially sound investment I would have waited. If system works as designed will get 8% return on investment, not bad compared to my other investments.
I felt more confident using a installer NABCEP certified. My installer contracted out individual services, Master Electrician and rack installers. Advise you ask questions about people doing electrical work. Designer of system was present for rack and panel installation, but not electrical, hence mistakes were made as people are still learning.
Experience with Installer:
Mount system used poles screwed into ground well below frost line, installed about 7 feet deep. Rack system very sturdy and installers used torque wrenches to secure panels to rack, avoiding over torquing panels that may cause panel failure. The electrician for my project missed simple things caught by electrical inspector. They did not understand all requirements for a PV system, but all discrepancies corrected and system works as predicted.
System installed in open area south of my barn, soil mostly a clay. I like the fact there was no need to dig holes, use concrete, or level area. The screw method appeared perfect for my location. The support poles, racking mounts and actual panel installation took about one day. The electrical work of the project took about two days. Most time digging trench, installing conduit for wires to pole and pulling wires into conduit. Hooking up disconnect switch, installing production meter box, and running wires up electrical pole for connection went quickly. From my point of view the complete system would have been completed in 4 days, less actual electrical inspection. The most time consuming part of installation is getting permits, inspections completed, and electrical company approvals for installation. The system is located in a cattle pasture. Removed all fencing around panels in 2019 so I could find out if mounting system and panels can withstand any abuse the cattle will dish out. They will be able to scratch themselves on lower panels and poles. Even walk under and behind panels. If damage occurs will reinstall fence and update here. Some may say it is risky, but I really want to put this mounting system to the test.
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