Solar Panels Installed!

We have our solar panels at last!  As you may remember, I mentioned last July that we were getting solar panels.  Well we have finally reached the installation part of the process.  When we signed the contract at the end of July we were told that it would probably be December before they were installed.  And so it was.

Last week the installers came and did a lot of electrical work and installed conduits and I am not sure what else.  Then icy weather interrupted the process.  Working outside in New England in December is tricky.  More snow was predicted for this week end,  so the installers came on Friday (the 13th)…before the storm.


It was an overcast COLD day. Cold to be working outside.. on a roof… but I guess they are used to it.

First they unloaded the panels. Aren’t they beautiful?

And then they had to set up the racks that would hold the panels. Here is the first step.

The racks take shape.

And then up went the panels.
They worked quickly. Here is the first section almost finished.

All the banging on the roof was very noisy.
Fergus could hardly get his beauty sleep!

I had to leave before they finished so I couldn’t get a picture until the next day.

IMG_4333By then the snow had begun to fall.
And kept falling. We got about 8″ and the panels are barely visible today.

There is still an inspection that has to happen and then my friends at National Grid have to connect something on their end.  And then we are energy producers.  We are hoping to generate all the electricity we use…without coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear energy.  From the sun.  

And THAT is a very good thing!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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5 Responses to Solar Panels Installed!

  1. They actually look pretty natural! Congratulations on the final installation.. You did it!

  2. Woo Hoo, welcome to the PV revolution! We put 2 kWh worth of panels on our roof and it provided double the energy we used but that’s kind of cheating as we had gas hot water, gas cooking and a gas portable heater. And we lived in Sydney where sun was aplenty and cold weather not so. Now, on the farm we have 3kWh on the roof and used more than we generated over the winter. There are a few reasons for that but hopefully we can average out so by the end of the year, we’ve made more than we’ve used!

    How many kWh will your panels produce? How much energy are you expecting to generate? I have to say that when I used some tables I found online (there was a University study which gave average daylight and such that fed into my calculation) to estimate what we’d generate, it was super accurate.

    As a result of an amazing feed in tariff (which was cut literally the day our panels were installed so we just sneaked in under the deadline) and the superb sunshine, our panels paid for themselves in less than 3 years. We had decided to buy solar panels when we thought we might never actually reach a financial payback but were willing to do our bit for the environment anyway. It’s nice to have a win-win sometimes!

    BTW, I assume your girls don’t have their own PV panels on their roof, I suppose even you have your limits 🙂

  3. pattigail says:

    No, my girls have no panels.😢 But then they have no electricity either. Today it is 4F! Brrrr..and they are in the coop under the stairs where they will be able to benefit from our panels. We have a bit over 5KW I think. And we have electric cooking, hot water, etc so this will be a big help. Eventually. We have what they call Net Metering. We get credit for all the power we generate whether we use it or not, so we can use power generated in the summer when the days are longer, in the winter when days are shorter. They thought we would be able to generate enough..though this winter, without the credit from last summer, we might not. We shall have to wait and see. Of course Bill is talking about getting all sorts of electric toys..(tools) and licking his lips at the idea that I won’t be forever telling him to turn lights off etc..😉
    It will take about 5 years for them to pay for themselves but like you I would have gotten them anyway..for the planet.

  4. Congratulations, it’s really a great feeling to see the electric portion of your utility bill disappear, not to mention the good you’re doing for our precious Mother. I get about $8 bucks back each year. Laura is right, they can predict the output pretty accurately.

    Tell Bill that he needs to switch some lights to LEDs, then he’ll have excess electricity for the new toys.

    We did have one slight problem, which has turned into a business for me, now. If you have any pigeons in your area, be sure to keep an eye on the underside of the installation. Some areas are experiencing problems with pigeons nesting under the panels. They can be messy, noisy and their nests can damage your roof (but the guano would probably make great fertilizer). Other areas, have had problems with squirrels, which can be really bad, if they decide to chew on the wires. These problems are rare, but you should be aware and keep watch.

    Again, congratulations and enjoy your free power from the sun.

  5. Pam R. says:

    I see you had Real Goods Solar as your installers too. We thought they did an excellent job here. Did you have the same experience?

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