Solar panels went live July 10 at 4:12 PM…

So far, we’ve produced a surprising (to me at least) amount of solar energy in our first week of operation.  According to Choptank Electric Cooperative, we averaged 90.9 kwh/day, ranging from 61.0 to 107.6 on dark and bright days, respectively (standard deviation = 16.5 kwh/day). Choptank’s hourly report of the first 8 days is shown here (sorry a little hard to read).  The red area is each day’s net quarter-hourly delivery of electricity to our house – this is mostly minus because we’ve been producing and delivering lots of energy to the grid since going live on July 10th.  We’re real pleased with this level of production, as is our vendor, Sunrise Solar of Chestertown, MD, especially since we opted for aesthetic reasons to orient our 50 panels flat to the sky, which is far from optimal, as described below.  Also pictured here is Sunrise Solar’s drone shot over the house, which is still under construction by the painstaking and methodical people of Paquin Design/Build, especially Paquin’s foreman, Kenny Seeling.  Kenny recommended Sunrise Solar to us, and we’d recommend in turn both Paquin and Sunrise to anyone, as well as Charles Paul Goebel, our architect. In addition, Erin Paige Pitts of Annapolis is creating unbelievable interior spaces.
Looking ahead…
Paquin has now moved our HVAC systems into place, two 4-ton ClimateMaster 45 SEER geothermal ground source heat pumps . We’re hoping In the next month or two to turn the system on so we can get a sense of what our electricity demand will really look like, sans the kitchen, lighting, etc. Maybe 90 kwh/day will cover us once our batteries arrive! More to follow…

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