The State provides some grant money and a solar company is selected to do the work. The idea is to get solar panels on as many roofs in the town as possible. The company offers a group rate which is reduced as more people sign up. There is also a way to do a Power Purchase Agreement. In this case you don’t buy the solar panels, you just let them install them on your roof. You get reduced rates on electricity and can use what you generate. You don’t get all the rebates but it is a way for anyone to participate as long they have enough sun on their roof. We have been talking about getting solar panels for awhile now so this seems like a good time to do it.
Brookwood Shire has a south facing roof which is good. We should be able to generate most of the electricity we use….maybe all of it. That would be very nice. As our summers get hotter with climate change, it would be nice to be able to cool the house with solar energy. It would save us money but also be good for the planet. A win win situation.
Our neighbors have this beautiful pine tree which shades our roof for part of the day. The man from Solarize Mass thought we would be better off without it. He suggested we talk to our neighbors about it….I hate the thought of taking down a tree. We would be eligible for more rebates if we had 80% sun on the roof. And we could generate more electricity. He thought it would be worth the price of taking down the tree….if our neighbors agreed of course. I am not sure. I love trees and hate the thought of losing them. But I will talk to my neighbors. If they are interested in solar for themselves it might be worth it.
We will have a better idea in a few weeks. They will have people come take readings of the sun on our roof. Even with the pine tree we are close to 80%….they take 6 readings and average them. We were 79% today. So we shall see. It will take a few months before they can actually install the panels….probably not until December! The good news is that means lots of people are participating in the program. And every little bit helps the planet!
Sustainable energy is a goal for Brookwood Shire. We got the woodstove last year to enable us to heat with a renewable resource.
Adding solar panels for electricity is another step. That will enable us to cook, have hot water and cool the house in a sustainable way.
Our modern lifestyle has created many problems for us and for the other inhabitants of this planet. But we can choose to be mindful of our impact on the earth….of our footprint. And try to live gently ……