Friday, September 28, 2012

FarmGirl Friday Blog Hop #76

Happy Friday...
I am very excited this morning, I just have to share our next small step (progress) toward going GREEN.    

Where's Waldo, I mean RJ???
Can you see that young person on my roof in the image above???  He was fearless as he worked on my roof. Meanwhile, (as a Mother) my stomach was in knots with worry for him. 

RJ took many measurements on the backside of the roof. That's where the panels will go.
Jerry and I really liked the two young men that were sent out on behalf of our new solar company to complete the site audit.  They were very professional.  They were also very careful while doing their tasks.  They left no messes on the roof or from the attic, and that's hard not to do when exiting an attic.  

Both men looked us in the eyes and payed attention to our words during conversation; which is something that really impressed my husband because he sees it so rarely these days with young people.  They responded thoroughly and thoughtfully to our questions, and were knowledgeable about their job, also a trait that endeared them to my husband.  

Here, Brandon is inspecting our current public utility power meter to determine where best to place our inverter.
Even their vehicle was GREEN.  
After the men were done with our site audit, they shook our hands, thanked us, and were on their way toward the next job. Every contact we've had thus far with this company has been a positive one. We're really impressed and excited to be going solar with them. 

The data our team collected today will be taken back to the office and sent to architectural engineers to draw up and submit to our county planning/building department. My baby sister used to work there. Good people there too. If all goes according to plan, our panels will be installed and running by Christmas. What a gift that would be to me. 

Getting off of coal and nuclear energy has been our goal for this project. It sure feels good to see things working in that direction. We could not have afforded this a mere decade ago, before a few brave investors/entrepreneurs decided to invest in becoming alternative energy power providers. I am so glad that they did.

Have a GREAT week Farm Girls.  
It's YOUR turn to share what's been going on at your place this week... I hope you do.

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  1. That's awesome hope all works out for you ! I do like your home it's cute ! I hear ya about the guy being up on the roof, I cant stand seeing Papa here on the roof or even a ladder ! Have a great weekend !

    1. Thanks Elaine. I hope you have a great weekend too.

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I am going to make one for Michelle's blog next.

  3. Yippee! Way to go you two! Love this... You will inspire others with your story.... maybe sometime you can break down costs of the initial start up and what you will be able to save by using some solar... what will you be using it for mostly? Heating water, and lights or more!

    1. Hello Deb,
      I am so excited. It's finally starting to fall into place. I'll write you more about it later. There are minimal up front costs as we are doing a power purchase agreement, not a lease or purchase. We will just pay our power bill like normal, the company agrees to provide a certain percentage of our average daily electricity use, and we buy it from them instead of the local power company.

      Our system is being designed to meet most of our power needs (estimate 97%), but we will still need to buy a little power from the local power company. Once the panels are installed we will only be contributing to coal/nuclear energy by approximately 3% of our power needs. I am very proud of that.

  4. A SolarCity EmployeeSeptember 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Word of your blog is being passed around the office, I loved reading about your installation experience, thanks for writing about it!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. You are part of a great company.

  5. I just linked up my Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner recipe ! I hope you like it and will come link up to my Blog Fest:

    1. Thanks Lisa! I am looking forward to reading your post and heading over to read the posts on your new hop too.

  6. How exciting! Can't wait to hear about your lower power bills!

    1. Thanks Daisy,
      It's really going to get exciting in a few years. Our local public utility rates have climbed at about 10% annually for a decade, while our new Power Purchase agreement (PPA)freezes our rates flat for 20 years... The savings will start to add up pretty quick.


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