Happy New Year!
We’ve had our solar awning in place for just over 2 years and I am happy to report that we love it as much today as we did when we had it installed. Maybe even more so now that electricity prices inched up a little this fall. Here’s how we did:
- Electricity Consumption: 6,411 kWh (down 1% from last year)
- Electricity Production: 5,998 kWh (up 11% from last year)
- Net consumption: 413 kWh for 2012
- Produced 93.6% of our electricity with solar
- Saved $940 on our electric bill (includes Green Power adder)
We also produced 6 Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), though the market has hit the floor in Massachusetts and they are trading at below $250 right now.
We also avoided the emissions of over 5,500 pounds of CO2 (using the updated 0.93lbs/kWh in MA from What Impact Does 1 Watt Have?).
We love our solar awning even if we have to clear snow off the solar panels occasionally.
To learn more about residential solar installations, check out our series Going for Solar, which details every step from dreaming about installing solar, through picking a contractor and the steps in construction. We provide information and advice for every step of the way, as well as different approaches such as paying for it yourself versus leasing a system. Don’t miss the steps on how much money we saved during our first and second years of usage!