(4) 4 Newbury Lane

“Our electric bills have dropped markedly.”

Nancy and Jim Hall

What motivated you to install solar?
It just seemed like the right thing to do.  As we are in our 70s, we won’t recoup the cost of installation in our lifetimes.

How many panels do you have, and if you know, how much energy are you producing, percentage of your electric usage.
26 panels. The e-tot reading on our inverter reports the total kWh produced since installation of the panels, at the moment the reading is being checked. So, on June 1, 2020, the e-tot reading was 32,059 kWh for our panels which were installed in October, 2015.

What has been the biggest benefit so far? What are you excited about?
The biggest benefit is, our electric bills have dropped markedly.  We were the first in our cul de sac to install solar, and since then, two other homes have also gone that route.

What were the obstacles to installing solar and what did you do to overcome them?
The first solar company we contacted in Keene came by to do a site visit. They concluded that we had an adequate site and would get back to us. We never heard from them again and they never answered emails. We were then able to work with a different company in Keene (Melanson), who has since discontinued the solar part of their business. A potential new obstacle may be if we ever have any maintenance or repair issues with the installation, we can’t go back to the installers, but will need to research service provider.

What advice do you have for people considering installing solar?
Make sure you aren’t going to need a new roof before installing solar. Research the different options of financing, e.g., outright purchase, or leasing, or whatever else may be available. Be aware of dramatic sloughing off of snow and ice in your particular circumstance. Don’t expect to get a lot of payback beyond the reduced electric bills. The amount we get back yearly has decreased significantly since the date of our installation. There is a political component to this that we do not have full knowledge of.