System Details and Green Efforts:
installed in 3 days by Rethink Electric ...
and yes it can both be installed and produces in the wintertime!
15 SolarWorld 285W Panels with 15 Enphase M250 microinverters
Enlighten Monitoring System (Envoy Gateway), provides real time info via phone app!
Average Daily Production: 16.97 KWH
Estimated annual production: 6194 KWH
80-90% household electricity usage - including charging a Chevy Volt - met with this system (ideally with overnight car charging, the annual electricity costs should actually be covered 100% with ComEd's real time pricing program)
Other energy efficiency and switch to renewable energy efforts: All CFL and LED lightbulbs, ceiling fans, energy star appliances, a Nest thermostat, cordless electric lawn mower (rechargable battery) & electric corded snowblower, rechargable batteries for assorted toys, a backyard clothesline for summertime drying and wool dryer balls in dryer for the winter (yep, they really do reduce drying time by 30-40%), and a Chevy Volt, which charges overnight (off peak times and pricing).
First start by reducing your usage by making sure you have LED and CFL lightbulbs and a programmable thermostat. Pay attention to what appliances you use. Talk to people who have gone through the process, read up on all the benefits for yourself and the environment. Get quotes from 2-3 experienced certified PV installers so that you understand what size system they recommend and give a call to your city, town or county so that you understand any permitting fees (they're probably fairly minimal, but it is good to know what to expect), as well as a copy of the local ordinance. Be prepared to offer that information to companies bidding on your project. Ask questions and realize that this is an awesome investment to help your own pocketbook and also to get inline with the direction energy needs to go in our hometowns.