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Blackhawk residence

| Danville, California

Home in the prestigious Blackhawk community goes solar

Blackhawk Residence 
Danville, CA
Ground mount installation

Completed 1/2011
Installed by Go Simple Solar

System Details:

System Overview:

  • This project was very challenging with the multidirectional hill azimuth (from 90 degrees true to 150 degrees true) and the multiple slopes on the hill (from 20 to 35 degrees).
  • The racking height was increased on the down-slope side of the hill to find the "sweet spot" of solar production by optimizing azimuth and tilt.
  • All three arrays have a slightly different azimuth and tilt, providing good year round production.
  • This was a turnkey project; all landscaping, engineering, surveying and construction was performed as part of the contract.
  • The customer is ecstatic that this project is outperforming all estimated solar production calculations.

Bullard residence

| Ventura, California

Ventura residence uses solar to power their home and charge their Nissan Leaf

Bullard Residence 

Ventura, CA
Rooftop installation

Completed 3/15/2010
Installed by Ojai Solar

System Details:

System Overview:

  • This system was installed when the Bullards moved into the home.  They had a reservation for a Nissan Leaf and over-sized the system to allow for electric car charging.
  • The system provides 100% of the residential electrical needs including charging the Leaf to drive an average of 1,000 miles per month.
Customer Testimonial

    “The installation of the Sunkits system was seamless and the system has performed without a flaw since integration.  Generating all of the electricity for your residence and banking the extra watts with the Utility is the way to go.” – Kent Bullard

    Linhart residence

    | Mesa, Arizona

    Arizona home adds solar to cut cooling costs

    Linhart Residence 

    Mesa, AZ
    Rooftop installation

    Completed 12/15/2010
    Installed by SunTrek Industries

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • The Linhart residence is in Mesa, AZ, which has on an average 360 
      days of sunlight per year and is producing electricity at the rate of $2-$3 per day.
    • The solar modules are mounted on the southern exposed roof with no shade issues at an 18 degree pitch.
    • First solar module installation in Sun Ridge subdivision in Mesa.

    Customer Testimonial 
    “Our SolarWorld modules are saving enough on our electric bill that they should pay for themselves in less than a decade.  It will all be pure profit after that.” – Charles Linhart

    Lititz, Pennsylvania Home

    | Lititz, Pennsylvania

    A Lititz, PA home adds black Sunmodules to go green with a clean aesthetic

    Lititz, PA Home

    Lititz, PA
    Rooftop installation

    Completed 2010
    Installed by KC Green Energy

    System Details:

    The McMurray Residence

    | Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Oregon residence uses solar to power their home and charge their Tesla Roadster

    McMurray Residence 

    Lake Oswego, OR
    Rooftop installation

    Completed 9/6/2011
    Installed by Sustainable Solutions

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • This system will provide the family with 30% of their energy on average.
    • The system will also offset all the electricity needs of the family’s Tesla Roadster, making it a truly carbon neutral vehicle.
    • The individual inverters allow the family to get the maximum production from a highly variable shading situation.
    • With the 30% federal rebate and a contract with Portland General Electric, the installation should become profitable after 7+ years, and should return about a 30% profit on the original investment by the end of that 15 year contract, with another 10 years of warranted solar production to follow.

    Customer Testimonial
    “Besides the connection to our plug-in automobile, 30% of our average power is an offset for the 30% of the PGE mix that is provided by fossil fuel.  Our installation was quick and efficient and the system has been online ever since.  An added benefit is that the panels shade our south-facing roof in summer, making it cooler upstairs.” – Gregory McMurray

    North Palm Beach Home

    | North Palm Beach, Florida

    North Palm Beach homeowner gets creative with solar, fitting the panels into a terraced landscape

    North Palm Beach Residence 

    North Palm Beach, FL
    Ground mount installation

    Completed 9/20/2011
    Installed by Sunco Energy Solutions

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • This system integrates beautifully in the natural terrain, fitting into a terraced landscape area.

    Smith Family Home

    | Hillsboro, Oregon

    Residential solar installation to offset 50% of Oregon family’s annual electric needs

    Smith Family Home

    Hillsboro, OR
    Rooftop mount

    Completed 7/14/2011
    Installed by Dynamic Power Innovation

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • This installation is slightly larger than the average size system for the Portland, OR area.
    • The system will offset 50% of the home’s annual energy needs.
    • The family also installed a Suntrol monitoring system so they are able to track their energy usage and PV efficiency.

    Southern California Home

    | Southern, California

    A single family residence in Southern California installs the largest residential solar system in the U.S.

    Southern California Home

    Southern California
    Ground mount installation

    Completed 2011
    Installed by Solid Rock

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • At the time of completion, this 150kW system was the
      largest solar system in any single-family residence in the United States.
    • The owners of the new residential solar milestone system, who have requested anonymity, placed their installation on a craggy slope along their hilltop estate in Southern California, playfully omitting a block of six solar panels to accommodate a protruding boulder.
    • The system also sets a new size record for SolarWorld’s increasingly popular Sunkits® solar systems.
    • The new record-breaking system in Southern California – installed by SRC Inc., an electrical contractor based in Vista, Calif. – came from the Ramona, Calif., branch of Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc.

    Lake City Village

    | Seattle, Washington

    Lake City Village built with goal to be the most sustainable low-income housing project in the nation 

    Lake City Village 

    Seattle, WA
    Rooftop installations

    Completed 8/2011
    Installed by NW Wind & Solar

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • The project goal was to become the most sustainable low-income housing project in the nation.
    • The extensive roof mount PV system has architectural appeal and a balanced optimal solar design for the site conditions.

    zHome Community

    | Issaquah, Washington

    A cutting edge community completely offsets its electricity usage with solar 

    zHOME Net Zero Homes

    Issaquah, WA
    Rooftop installation

    Completed 9/2011
    Installed by NW Wind & Solar

    System Details:

    System Overview:

    • zHOME is a 10-unit townhome development that uses smart design and cutting edge 
      technologies to radically reduce environmental impacts.
    •  These homes use zero net energy, and use 60% less water than the mainstream American home.
    • This townhome development received 850 points from Built Green, which is 150 points higher than the next nearest ranking.