Solar Power Project

Update: 17 July 2017

We will host another free "Solar "Social" (A.K.A. "Open House") on Saturday, 21 July from 10:00 to 2:00.
We'll not only show our solar power installation, but also our electric vehicles.
We'll discuss the process of going solar, the technology, as well as permitting and net metering for our local area.


The grass-roots campaign to make solar more affordable for
Madison County homeowners and businesses has
over 200 interested parties!

There is only one more informational "Solar Power Hour" discussing the campaign.
 The program closes at the end of August.


Look here for time and location:
Solarize Madison County


Savings on my power bill since May 2011:
about 33.4
  MWHr of electric power (about $2850)
Economics of this Project

  To see a real-time summary of our electric production, follow this link:

For questions or comments regarding this project, or for help with your solar project, contact me at:

The 5.7 kilowatt array on the roof and the hot water panels on the garage wall in April 2016.
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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Our home is one of several on display during open houses and solar tour every year.
The Next Solar Tour will occur on Saturday, 7 October 2017. More details soon.

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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