Solar Panels are the Finishing Touch for LEED Platinum Salem Home
24 solar panels from SolarCity were installed this week on a Salem high performance home we completed in March 2015. With the capacity to produce 6,165 kWh of energy a year, the panels will meet the home’s electrical energy needs with clean renewable energy from the sun and achieve Net Zero status (use as much electrical energy as it produces). Solar power is cleaner and less expensive than power from a utility company!
Over the next 20 years, the system will offset 234,643 lbs. of CO2, saving the equivalent of:
Driving a car 252,010 miles
47,046 gallons of water used to generate electricity
CO2 absorbed by 127 trees
$0 Down – Save Money Every Month
The neat thing about a SolarCity system is that there is a Zero money down option for the panels. The only out of pocket expense is the electrical rough-in on roof mount systems since you need a roof anyway, and the ground mount structure and conduit for ground systems. The panels are installed free with a contract with solar city to buy the power produced by the panels. The contract locks you in at a certain rate structure over 20 years. The rate will save you money by protecting you from over-paying PGE at current rates, plus your savings grow every year as PGE utility rates increase.
Homes with enough roof space or with a large ground area the system will be sized with the goal of performing at Net Zero, which means the system produces more power than the home consumes. This equals zero utility bills.