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NE Ohio House & Barn
My house and barn have a total of 16.5kW of solar power, self-installed over the period 2007-2019. There are 3 independent systems, all three are grid-tied, and 2 of the 3 have separate batteries to backup house and barn critical loads. One of the battery banks is a “traditional” flooded lead acid, while the other is the newer Lithium-Iron-Phosphate type. We can live “off-grid” for a day or two if there is a grid outage, depending on time of year and sunlight available. With our net-metering permit from the local utility supplier, last year we had no electric bill for 8 of the 12 months, despite having two (barn & house) electric heat pumps for heat and air conditioning. The same trend has continued this year.
I drive a 2020 Chevy Bolt and have a level 2 charger installed for it, directly connected to one of the barn grid-tied solar arrays. My wife and I also enjoy riding electric bikes. We no longer own a clothes dryer, unless you count clotheslines in the yard and basement. We also have 110 gallons of rainwater storage in two rain barrels off the house, used for our flower gardens.
We have most every variation of home solar power available today, incorporating string inverters, micro-inverters, batteries and grid-tie. I look forward to seeing you on the tour, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.
This host site is a BUS stop on the Friday 9:00 to 2:00 Guided Bus Tour. To register for the bus contact Valerie at 440-231-0842