Renewable Energy System for the Home: So far so goodAugust 4, 2009
Jody, the Bauer Power representative came out this morning at the end of a rainstorm. Raining lightly, no sun, no wind – just the time to talk about solar and wind power. If only there were a way to harness rain power…
Anyway, we talked about the whys and the whats. Our garage with a wide slanting roof facing due South is just right for solar panels as I thought – – I need to remember to thank the previous owners for building it that way. Jody wasn’t so sure about wind; from her view of our property as she drove in it looked like a fairly heavily wooded lot. Then she saw the open field behind the barn and suddenly a wind turbine looked a lot more possible.
The report/design/contract should come to us by the early part of next week. Meanwhile, I have e-mailed the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Bureau of Energy and Recycling to learn about any state incentives for alternative energy systems. I’m not optimistic – lack of funding closed the solar rebate program last year. We’ll see what I can find out.