Solar Power Project


Update: 26 February 2017
The grass-roots campaign to make solar more affordable for local homeowners and businesses is taking off! 

Several Information sessions ("Solar Power Hours") have been arranged around the county for interested parties to learn about the process. The Solar Power Hours
begin in March, and we will have one in Troy at 6:00 pm on
Tuesday 2 May at the Tri-township Library. (209 S. Main Street).

For more details and to find a Solar Power Hour near you that fits your schedule, look here:
Solarize Madison County

Edwardsville Intelligencer article

Savings since May 2011: about 30.3
  MWHr of electric power (about $3000)



Economics of this Project

  To see a real-time summary of our electric production, follow this link:
http://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/JSQ217175

For questions or comments regarding this project, or for help with your solar project, contact me at:
tinkeringcaveman@gmail.com


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 had bought the house the previous year, 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.


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Illinois 
Is Going Solar!
Our home is one of several on display during open houses and solar tour every year.

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.
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