DIY Solar Power Project in Troy Illinois


Update: 21 April 2018

I will be conducting a webinar for the Illinois Solar Energy Association on May 25th at 7:00 pm.
"Powering Your Home with the Sun"

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We are building on last year's success with
"Solarize Madison County/Glen Carbon" with
 "Solarize Metro East" in 2018!
Solarize Metro East is a bulk purchase program for
home and commercial property owners
 in Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois.
By pooling buying power, discounts below market rates will make solar power more affordable.

Click on the link below for more information and updates.
Solarize Metro East!

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Did you know that you could sign up for 100% wind power to be delivered through the grid to your home AND save money?
This is a great option, especially if you cannot go solar--go green and save $, too!
Learn more here.

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Savings on my power bill since May 2011:
about 37.9
  MWHr of electric power (about $3100)
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!

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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