DIY Solar Energy and Efficiency Projects in Troy, Illinois

Come see our home on the Illinois Solar Tour, Saturday , 25 September from 10 am to 3:00 pm.

Learn more here: https://illinoissolar.org/2021-Solar-Tour-Southwestern


Total Solar Energy Production as of 19 September 2021: About 63.4 MWHr (about $5390)


Check out my Solar Tour videos and Solar-associated Webinars


Production Statistics

Economics of this Project

See a real-time summary of our electric production

For questions or comments regarding this project contact me at:

tinkeringcaveman@gmail.com

Public Solar Energy Education and Programs for Metro East

Illinois Solar Energy Association

Learn about going solar in Illinois with ISEA webinars.

Click here to see how your neighbors in Madison County, Illinois are using solar energy.

Click here for the Illinois Solar Energy Association or their Facebook page.


Grow Solar Metro East (GSME)

GSME is a free educational program in the Metro East (Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties of Illinois) that offers a discount as more homeowners and businesses participate. It is run by the non-profit Midwest Renewable Energy Association and volunteers, and features a highly qualified, highly rated vendor selected by competitive bid.

Learn more here: https://www.growsolar.org/grow-solar-metro-east/


Our energy production and consumption for the past 12 months. Our consumption is highest in the winter owing to our geothermal heat pump.

The 5.7 kilowatt array on the roof and the hot water panels on the garage wall in April 2016.

INTRODUCTION

Ever since the 1970's I've imagined having a solar home. Peggy and I finally made the plunge in 2011, when we bought a kit to install on our home in Troy, Illinois. We bought the house in 2010, and had looked for one that would be relatively easy to adapt to solar energy. The house has a flat south-facing roof with few obstructions to cause shadowing, and has a large back yard so that I could control the "solar window". I did have some mature trees to cut down (including one oak tree that we really liked), but we figured we could grow more trees.

To read complete details of how I planned, purchased, and installed this project, see the Downloads page.

Also, see the menu for explanations of the economics of this project and for details on other associated energy projects.