DIY Solar Energy and Efficiency Projects in Troy, Illinois
Our monthly electric charges usage for the past two years, with heating and cooling degree days overlaid.
Update: 23 September 2018
Going solar is cheaper and easier than ever with Solarize Metro East!
Solarize Metro East is a bulk purchase program for
home-owners, renters, and businesses, farmers, and non-profits
in Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois.
By pooling buying power, discounts below market rates will make solar power more affordable.
Hurry - the program ends in October, and Federal tax incentives begin disappearing over the next few years.
Savings on my power bill since May 2011:
about 42.2 MWHr of electric power (about $3375)
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.