October 2 - October 3
The solar modules on this site were decommissioned from a previous installation that was upgrading their modules for new. The modules installed at this site are BP and Shell, showing that even the oil companies know that solar is valuable.
(10) BP 125w modules for 1250w
(10) Shell 110w modules 1100w
Total 2350w installed
(10) Enphase IQ7+ Microinverters
This solar array powers about half the homeowners’ needs throughout the year.
Homeowners are very happy to be able to reuse these 19-year-old modules!
Other Sustainability Features on site:
Added 4” of fiberglass insulation in the attic. Sheet metal steel roof.
New energy star furnace installed. Energy star electric hot water heater.
Upgraded all upstairs windows from single pane wood windows to double paned for temperature regulation.
Windows on the South and West of the first floor offer generous amounts of solar radiation in the winter, often 8-10 degrees warmer than the thermostat setting.
Sustainable farming practices: Year round composting food scraps and garden waste. Garden supplies hundreds of pounds of food for homeowners, family, and friends. Chickens are invaluable for composting, nitrogen adding, mowing, egg laying and eating bugs. In 2019, front lawn was removed, vegetable garden beds, orchard and backyard prairie planted, rainwater retention, backyard pond and native plantings installed. Over 200 native trees and shrubs planted for food, medicine, and wildlife.