Jun Yoshitani

West Chicago, IL


System Details and Green Efforts:


I don't have a system of my own. My house is surrounded by tall oak trees and the large majority is shaded. I did help my church with bid evaluation and awarding a PV solar contract for a 9.8 kW system in 2012. I'm the individual in the church who is responsible for reviewing the reports we get from Enphaseenergy and basically monitoring the power generation to make sure everything is OK. So far so good. No problems at all except for few days when "polar express" arrives and shuts the entire system down.



Personal Story:


I am an environmental engineer and have been active in the renewable energy area, particularly with respect to bioenergy. I see a strong connection between bioenergy and solar energy because the two are both dependent on the sun. One generates electrical energy, the other produces chemical energy. A specific area that I have been working on is in cultivating algae for bioenergy and other high value products. The connection between PV solar and algae is that cultivation or growing algae requires energy. That energy is best supplied with PV solar.


What tips do you have for someone considering or moving forward with a solar installation?


Reduce consumption through efficiency efforts before going solar. Hire reputable experts who can demonstrate a track record.

If you choose to do-it-yourself, as I have, be prepared for a lot of up-front planning and studying. Consult with others to learn from their projects and experiences.

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