Street Rd. Home Ground Panels
While William and Dayane Bock have never opened their home for a solar tour before, they’re no stranger to solar tours- they’ve participated in 3 as attendees. Given that, it’s safe to say they’re excited and passionate about solar energy. Believing that “solar panels make financial and environmental sense” and looking to save money, the Bocks chose to have Moore Energy install their system after a tour of Moore’s local Southampton facilities and feeling impressed by their products, service, and potential for longevity. Their array is located in an open space in their yard, a location selected for its distance from both shade trees and potential construction or landscape work near the house; additionally, this allows them to use the space beneath their panels as a shed. Their solar meters, open to tour attendees, are similarly stand-alone. The Bocks’s 7.44 kw system produces 6,831 kWh a year; at that rate, it should take 12-17 years to pay back the $16,000 it cost upon installation in December 2017. The system was manufactured by Winacio and they use a Fronius Primo inverter. While they have never had a technical problem with their system, they have found that leaves and other falling detritus occasionally land on their panels, and they caution that trying to clear snow off the array on sunny winter days can lead to a pulled muscle. They’ve also found that birds nest beneath the panels, but the birds haven’t yet interfered with the wiring. Additionally, the Bocks burn firewood for heat during the winter and have a high-efficiency Jotul F600 woodstove and a 93% efficient Mantis condensing gas fireplace, and plan to incorporate a gasification wood boiler and solar hot water vacuum tubes to supply hot water for radiant heat. They recommend that anyone who wants to upgrade to solar take their time and get quotes from several solar companies, comparing the different vendors’s experience and warranties. If you’re considering a free or leased system, they encourage you to pay close attention to the fine print. Lastly, they suggest considering optimizing the placement of your panels for generation during the fall, winter, and spring, rather than the customary spring through autumn, which Will says he would consider doing differently if he were installing his solar system today.