2014 05 31: the sunpower solar panels are installed constituting a part of a nominal 6 kW system. i like the all black appearance of the sunpower panels and their exceptionally high efficiency. sunpower uses silicon solar cells, which i think will degrade less than the thin film cells. jason brennan at aurora-energy was responsible for the install. he and his crew did a great job. jason was also kind enough to re-schedule some other work to accomodate my schedule needs, which i thought was an exceptional kindness. you can reach him at 410 268 3088.
2014 05 19: the photo shows the structure for the solar panels. wait ’til you see the finished product!
the structure for the solar panels
2014 05 12: the pilings and some of the support structure for the photovoltaics are in. as a rule it is better to put the photovoltaics on the roof. this is less expensive because it does not require an additional structure and it does not require trenching to get the wires to the house. i had planned to put the photovoltaics over the basement from the old house; but, this turned out to be impractical. meanwhile, the new house was designed so that the photovoltaics would not be a good match on its roof. so, the photovoltaics will go on a structure in the front yard.
the base structure for the photovoltaics