Tuesday, March 17

finally...


after much ado and many moons, the PV has landed on the purpose built roof. Although the studio sits facing the same sunny direction as the house, the pitch of the house roof was just a tad steep for solar, something akin to 70 degrees and the house sits further down the side of the valley thereby sitting in more shade. After much deliberation we decided to start with just a 1kw system; 6 panels. By our calculations, using past power bills, we will cover on an annual basis nearly 3/4 of our total electricity usage. With three of us away during most week days and the house having no significant electric heating or cooling devices, just the passive solar design and night storage heating for the winter months and and solar water heating, we're hoping to feed the grid during the day at twice the rate of our off peak night time use, thereby neutralising our electricity costs which are courtesy of wind generated green power. We have placed the panels such that there is room for 12 more in an aesthetically pleasing layout (most essential!) if we decide to go for broke. Im looking forward to the 'fire up' (sparky required) and watching the meter feeding the grid... my PV viewing pleasure.

6 comments:

Veggie Gnome said...

Woohoo! Exciting times! PV viewing pleasure, indeed! Love the sight of PV!

Can't wait for ours! :)

Rixa said...

Oooh, how exciting!

kale for sale said...

Those windows rock. And congrats on the solar.

Kel said...

whoohoo indeed! Yeah, me loves them windas too!

Rest is not idleness said...

I agree an aesthetically pleasing layout is most essential, I've seen some horrors out there. Like that paint colour too.
take care
Pip

Kel said...

Pip- absoloutely. Its a good thing the bloke is as keen, if not more so, on 'the look'. Yup, fyi -its called Yarwood! second time ive used it. i love it. lol