Renewable Energy System for the Home: The Excitement BuildsAugust 3, 2009
A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were going to actually look into wind and solar power for the house. I checked out our regional options. We have started with (and will likely stay with) Bauer Power. I like that they can do both wind and solar and that they are approved by Green America (was Co-op America).
I contacted Bauer Power, watched their DVD, and arranged for a site design consultation. The three possible components are solar thermal for heating the water, solar photovoltaic (electricity), and wind power (electricity). We’re not sure we have a good set up for solar thermal, but I’m optimistic about the other two.
Today is breezy and partly sunny. If we had solar panels and a wind turbine we could be making a good hunk, if not all, of our electricity today. That would be so cool!
I can hardly wait until 11:00 tomorrow when they come (actually when she comes – I can’t recall her name, but she called to confirm the time). It will be real interesting to hear what they have to say about our site; and I have some questions about the federal tax credit program (is it really as good as I read?). Stay tuned – tomorrow I’ll give you the low-down!