System Details and Green Efforts:
We have a 5.7 kw PV system on our roof that faces due south. The system uses 240w Solar World PV modules coupled with enphase micro-inverters. The system is grid-tied, which means that there are no batteries and that I turn my meter backwards on a sunny day! I designed, purchased, and installed the system (installation with the help of couple of electricians).
For more details visit my web site: https://sites.google.com/site/tinkeringcavemansolarproject/
We own two electric cars. One is an all-electric Ford Focus. The other is a plug-in hybrid Ford C-Max.
We also have a solar water heater for domestic hot water. That system uses 6 solar panels mounted on the side of my garage that heat a 300-gallon tank of water.
We recently installed geothermal heating and cooling, saving even more on our power bills.
Since installing the geothermal system this summer, our electric bills have fallen to only $12-$15 per month – the base cost of being connected to the grid without using power.
We wanted to reduce our use of carbon-based fuel and our impact on the environment. We want to lead by example.
Reduce consumption through efficiency efforts before going solar. This will save you expenses on solar power. Hire reputable experts who can demonstrate a track record for quality and customer satisfaction.
If you choose to do-it-yourself, as I have, be prepared for a lot of up-front planning and studying. Consult with others to learn from their projects and experiences.
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