DIY Solar Energy and Efficiency Projects in Troy, Illinois

Update on Our Solar Energy Production: 1 February 2020

Savings on our power bill since May 2011: about 51.1 MWHr of electric power (about $4340)

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

Grow Solar Metro East - 2020!

Once again, the Midwest Renewable Energy Agency will be offering it's Grow Solar bulk purchase program to the Metro East (Madison, St, Clair, and Monroe Counties.

As of February, we are still getting organized, but plan to begin offering presentations and free estimates in the spring.

Learn more and register interest here.

Grow Solar Metro East is also on Facebook!

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.

Our Solar Projects

Since installing geothermal heating and cooling in mid 2018, our electric power consumption has changed significantly. In previous years, we used more power in the summer for cooling; now we need a few more solar panels to compensate.

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.