This is a new section of my website. It tells about people’s experiences with alternative energy.
Here is the first:
Amherst, Massachusetts home, not the sunniest of locations. On a barn roof next to the house are 24 SunPower model 230 Solar Panels, covering 20.9 feet (6.4 m) by 15.3 feet (4.68 m) or 320 square feet.
These started providing electricity on May 20, 2010. More than two years later, as of June 30, 2012, the system had collected 13,271 kWh. Most months it has provided all the electricity used in this home and more. The owner writes “during the year we seem to oscillate on a monthly basis between high readings of 600-700 kWh in May, June, and July, to low readings of 300 kWh in Dec, and Jan. It has been only during Dec and Jan that we produce fewer kWh than we use. Thus, over the 25 months and 10 days, we have built a credit of about $500.00 . We are extremely impressed with the system. So far it has been absolutely trouble free.”
Example # 2: A resident in the California Bay area writes "I have had 5 kilowatts of SunPower modules installed on my house for the last 3 years. I have to pay the utility $13/month for a meter reading fee but the cost for electricity for my house was zero for the 1st two year and $15 for all of last year. I want to buy a Chevy Volt for my next car. I estimate that I will get over the equivalent of 200 miles per gallon if I don’t consider the cost of the charging electricity which should be much lower than gasoline energy."