2. Generating power
The site also integrates around 35kW of solar power. Panels on the south face of the garage generate 4 to 5kW, typical of
a suburban home. Panels on garden structures and sculpture augment the rooftop array and offer ideas for other ways solar
collectors can be added to an existing home. The power generated feeds into the GridPoint system, charging a battery for use
during power outages. Because Duke Energy uses net metering, any excess power is sold back to the power company.
Solar energy is becoming more realistic every day. For our region, the most efficient use of this resource is for heating water. Tankless systems are gaining popularity, but The Cliffs Cottage has an alternative solution. With two small solar panels on the roof above the kitchen, the sun heats water before it hits the tank in the basement. That way, you’re not using electricity to heat cool water; you only expend energy to heat water that falls below your preset temperature. This could mean free hot water most of the year.
You Can: Use The Solar Estimator at www.findsolar.com to determine the potential savings in your home made by installing a solar system.