(18) 59 Greenwood Avenue
Ann Shedd and Mark Meess
What motivated you to install solar?
To transition away from fossil fuels in order to decrease our impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
How many panels do you have, and if you know, how much energy are you producing, percentage of your electric usage.
29 panels (9 kW system) installed in January 2020 went live on Feb. 12. So far they’re generating more than 100% of our consumption and we’re racking up credit to use in the dark days of winter. We just installed air-source heat pumps in early fall which will increase our electricity usage, but estimate an 80% reduction in our use of heating oil.
What has been the biggest benefit so far? What are you excited about?
We’re excited every day that the sun shines on our panels, excited to be able to track our production with an app, excited to see net credit on our Eversource bills. At some point we hope to use some of our production to charge an electric vehicle.
What were the obstacles to installing solar and what did you do to overcome them?
We did need to replace roofing (it was over 30 years old) and relocate a vent-pipe before our solar installation, and there was a slight delay in the process while assuring that the roof supports in our 1913 house were adequate to carry the extra weight of the system.
What advice do you have for people considering installing solar?
If you possibly can, go ahead and act while the federal tax credit lasts! (26% through 2020, 22% through 2021 and then scheduled to end – unless pandemic economic recovery plans extend the credit longer.) Getting an evaluation and proposal from installers is critical; learn enough in advance to ask informed questions.
Did you know: Federal tax credits for solar will expire soon…
26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022
Learn more on the Energy Star website.
Anything else you want to share?
The actual installation was quick: one day of electrical work (mostly outside), one day of a team installing racks and panels on the roof. It may take a couple of weeks for the final inspections from the city and Eversource.