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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Solar Energy Open House

This just came through my inbox courtesy of Sue at Life Looms Large. And what better day to post this then the day after the shortest day of the year!

Saturday January 9 – 3:00 PM
Solar Open House, 101 Mill Pond Rd. Portsmouth, NH

A newly constructed passive solar home in Portsmouth will host an open house in the New Year. The homeowner has plentiful south facing windows and a 3.4 kilowatt Sun Power photovoltaic (PV) array mounted on a 40-degree pitched roof. The energy demands are very low, with the solar electric array generating most of Heather Parker’s electricity during the course of the year; totaling about 380 kilowatt hours each month.

This system is grid-tied with no moving parts and smart inverter technology that allows the import of electricity to the electric panel on overcast days or when electric load is high. In clear sunlit conditions the array will export energy out to the electric grid, and credit is banked under the state’s net metering program. In addition the project benefits from a 30% federal tax credit, and $6,000 in state rebates, significantly reducing project costs.

Using solar power at home not only produces clean energy reliably, it reduces the strain on the electrical grid during times of peak demand. The Parker PV system is an integral piece of a house designed for low-energy usage and sustainability of material. Annual CO2 reduction from the system is estimated at 6,890 lbs. New Hampshire homes currently emit the second highest level of CO2 per capita in New England, second only to Maine.

The solar open house is a chance for people to view the solar design used in this home and mingle with the homeowner as well as a ReVision Energyhttp://www.revisionenergy.com/ representative to talk about the practicality of solar at home. The event is free and all are welcome. Please meet at 101 Mill Pond Way in Portsmouth at 3:00 pm January 9th if interested. Send questions to Will Kessler at 603-486-7170 or will@revisionenergy.com.


Life Looms Large December 22, 2009 at 7:23 AM  

Yay - thanks!!! I'm happy that more people get to hear about Heather's open house!


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