Greenbelt Solar Home with Rainwater Harvesting & Rain Garden
October 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022
This ranch-style brick home was built in the late 50s. Solar City installed a 10 kW DC (8.9 kW AC) PV system on the E/SE facing
slopes of the roof in early 2014 and it began generating electricity in November; there were no upfront costs. A 640-gallon cistern, manufactured in Australia, is installed under a second-story porch and is attached to a soaker hose that runs through an extensive garden with a large fish pond and waterfall. My property slopes steeply toward Greenbelt Lake and water runoff from neighbors has sometimes been a severe problem. Patuxent Nursery custom landscape designed and constructed a dry riverbed ending in a rain garden/bowl backed by large boulders to funnel and capture stormwater runoff. The next year we expanded on this system.