West 7th Solar Site
I’m showing the “phase 2” work I did upgrading my 1884 house, from an essentially all natural gas (only the fridge and lights were electric) to an all electric house (natural gas is from now on used only for heating from late Fall, Winter, to early Spring). The house includes a heat pump water heater and a heat pump dryer. I also made the move to an all electric car (and entirely got rid of my gasoline car for good). A Tesla charger was added in the garage. The house and the electric car are currently 85% solar, on a yearly average basis. (From May to October the natural gas valve was turned off for the first time this year, which triggered a series of interesting inquiries from my natural gas provider). I’m starting to plan “phase 3”: an additional 8 panels on the house’s rooftop, plus a heat pump heating system for the late Fall and early Spring periods (plus Summer air-conditioning). After phase 3 is complete I estimate that the house should be 100% solar (that’s including the electric car average utilization), but excluding 3 Winter months of heating: from December to February only). In addition, two rain barrels collect from the garage’s rooftop (where the solar panels are located) enough water for the garden.