The Solar Revolution is here whether we like it or not. I came to
this realization last year when it became apparent how many
solar companies were going out of their way to annoy me by
calling night and day. Even hanging up on them did not always
work. They are still calling to this day ... they are a persistent
bunch. If you go into a big box home improvement store, it is
likely you will be met (accosted?) by them at the entrance.
Ultimately, I was pulled into the fray, but not because of any
altruistic desire to go green. I wanted to stop being at the mercy
of my electric utility and get some “free” energy by becoming my
own electric power plant. This story started during the winter of
2014-2015 and ended with a solar array on my roof (see Figure 1)
and ancillary equipment in my basement.
By Jack Olivieri
36 August 2016
A S✺lar Energy Story
FIGURE 1. Finished view of the solar array.
Design, Installation, and Performance
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