Pat and Terry Dieckhoff

Crystal Lake, IL

System Details and Green Efforts:

2.4 kWh Solar World PV system - 10 panels

Installed by: WindFree, Chicago, IL

10 Enphase microinverters

Install completed: June 14, 2014

June 14, 2014 to June 13, 2015: produced average per day: 8.2 kWh

Home energy use average per day: 9 kWh

Supplied 92% of energy use 

Produced 2980 kWh in first year

Energy efficiency efforts: 96% efficient furnace, energy assessment, added air sealing and more insulation, most lighting is LED.

Personal Story:

We want to be better stewards of our planet. We are concerned about climate change and want to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and nuclear power. We don't want our granddaughter to have to live on a planet that is growing hotter every day or for others to suffer from lack of clean water or to suffer from massive flooding or other weather events. And as an added bonus, we like that we are able to reduce our energy costs and increase the value of our home.

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

Research solar installations on homes. Check with the Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and go visit some installations.
Check your local regulations/ordinances regarding solar installations.
Research and find reputable solar installers and qualified electricans.
Develop list of questions for installers.
Meet with at least two installers and get free estimate of costs for installation and services that are included.
Find out the rebates and tax credits that are available.

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