Solar Array in Landisville, PA
The Keever family
In February of 2016 the Keever family contacted Belmont Solar with an email asking about Solar, the cost of going solar, and if the house is suitable for a solar installation. We went ahead and used our Solar Design Software to roughly design the system for them. The family was impressed with the professional design and two phone conversations later we scheduled time with the family. During the visit it turned out that there was no special electrical or structural work needed to make the proposed design a reality. And that same day the family made the decision and gave a signed contract to get the final design and the permitting started.
One of the concerns the family brought forward was the appearance of the solar installation seen from the front of the house. And about a third of people interested in solar give it as their no 1 worry. We explained that solar panels are no longer the ugly ducklings of renewable energy and we showed pictures of similar houses with solar installed by us. Belmont Solar can offer Solar panels that can easily blend in with the color of the roof singles.
Next to the panels there is also the mounting of the panels that can influence the esthetics of the system. We at Belmont Solar have designed and own our own racking system named Tough Trac. The mounting or racking system Tough Trac is designed by Belmont Solar with a wire management system. Using Tough Trac the wiring is hidden and protected within the racking and is therefor totally invisible. See here an explanation and example pictures of our racking system and its wire management.
To cover the appearance concerns of the family we made our preliminary design that used the back of the house for both arrays but the production was significantly lower than on the front of the house. Together with the family we landed a good compromise. The compromise made use of black-frame solar on the front main roof and a smaller array on the rear garage roof. The garage offered a roof slope is not nearly as drastic as the main roof, which gave us the opportunity to still get good power production on a north facing garage roof.
Now that the system is installed the extended family came to visit and they did not even realize that the house had solar power until it was pointed out to them. And we experience this often, many of our potential clients do not understand solar and tend to have a lot of concerns and hesitations. However as soon as they have solar, it is almost like a light has been turned on. And they are thrilled about telling others about their solar system, and to explain how much fun it is to see the meter turn backwards, and how satisfying it is to have a low or even non-existent electric bill.
Michael and the family are pleased and are glad that their electricity bill went from $160 each month to nothing after the SREC credits are applied. Below we summarize the financial detail predictions, based on their daily energy usage.
- No energy cost guaranteed for a system life expectancy of 25 years or more with a 25 year power production warranty
- Payback period of 11 years for a $22,355 investment
- ROI of a predictable 5.4% per year
- SREC revenue of $447 per year.
Our carbon footprint: Climate Change is real and we all try to do our part. Below are the Sustainability details for the 25 years lifespan of this system.
- Environmental offset is the equivalent of planting 4,500 trees
- 416 barrels of oil would be needed to produce that amount of power over the system’s lifespan
- Huge reduction of the families Carbon footprint. At 0.43 metric tons CO2/barrel* the Keever family is taking out 180 metric ton CO2
That was in 2016. In today’s numbers the environmental offset for a similar sized array is likely even better!
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Solar just works and works and works
So don’t wait any longer. Solar power works, and it works well. The proof is verified by over 300,000 satisfied solar owners nationwide. Only about 900 of those are Belmont Solar systems. But you can help that number grow, and then you can be assured that it is a system with solid reliability and workmanship.