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My Solar Home

My Solar Home



Jim Groves shares the reasoning behind his decision to power his home using solar electricity. ...

Jim Groves shares the reasoning behind his decision to power his home using solar electricity.

This presentation was given December 4, 2009 at the Solar Energy Focus Conference: Fall 2009 hosted by the Maryland, DC, Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) in Gaithersburg, MD.

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    My Solar Home My Solar Home Presentation Transcript

    • WHO ARE YOU? Jim Groves -- City of Hyattsville, MD National Education Association – HR Dept. *Green Building Committee *Alternative Gift Fair Coordinator *EAFCU Credit Union Board Member City of Hyattsville *Moderator and Founding Member of Hyattsville Organization for a Positive Environment (HOPE) -520 Person Listserve *Chair, Hyattsville Environmental Committee Save our Sky Home Heating Cooperative – Takoma Park and Mt. Rainier Corn Bin Manager
    • WHY SOLAR Environmental Activist Cost! Upfront Payback time Time & Effort Look for cheaper alternatives first CFL’s New Windows Corn Stove New Thermostat Contacted CitizenRe Like model, but legit?
    • WHY CLEAN CURRENTS? Clean Currents Wind Energy user for several years Summer ‘09 contacted regarding Solar Program from Clean Currents Why Clean Currents and not others? 1. Trusted 2. Paperwork and Filing – Rebates/Permits 3. Money back for purchase 4. Purchase of Solar REC’s 5. Same as Cash Loan Solar Purchase payback in 5 to 7 years!
    • MY SYSTEM 3.69 kW System Issues: Shading Need for MicroInverter A little story: City of Hyattsville One year electricity usage of over 1,000,000kWh/year 1,000,000/3.69 = 271,002/8,760 hrs/year = 30 (ish) To produce enough to offset the City of Hyattsville I would need 30 years of sun 24/7 Does my little system make a difference?
    • DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Need Incentives/Grants/Lower “Payback” Times Government Rebates No Interest Loans Cost added to Homeowner Property Taxes More Efficiency More Help – make it easy for homeowner Company purchase – Homeowner lease Is it worth it? Why bother?
    • Yes!