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Dolan Solar Home
Solar PV system first installed in 2009, online in Mar 2010.
First solar roof top array in an historic district in the City of Newport News and first residential installation for a historic district for all of Hampton roads.
The main system uses a pair of string inverters in three strings of 10 panels each. System was added to in 2015 after some storm damage from a now replaced rack system not living up to expectations, new rack system has a proven track record. Although I had one spare panel, Two panels were damaged. so the top string was upgraded and 6 of those panels placed onto the back porch using micro-inverters.. System fully paid off in Feb 2017, including interest and storm and squirrel damage (also mitigated) repairs. Partially thanks to being grandfathered into Washington DC’s SREC program.
Up until recently system was producing more electricity than needed on an annual basis. reason for no longer fully 100% of electrical use is additional power-sucking equipment needed for home-based business.
By visiting you can learn about the system, what issues I had as an early adopter in the area and especially with installing in an historic district, recommendations on what things to look for in a system. Experience with SRECs. And if interested current plans for additional panels and EV charger (I have already made the decision to get an EV when my fuel burner dies – brother has had EV for almost 10 years now..
I have 3 spare panels now, so one of them will be available to view up close. Tour will start on porch and will proceed to Inverters and then backyard to see system. Tour will be outdoors only