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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Energy of the Future Gets Switched On After an Inspection Tomorrow


The future is here: we have solar panels! The installation on Wednesday went smoothly and the subcontractor, Verenego Solar, completed the job in one day, from 8:30 am to 7:00 PM. Tomorrow L.A. City inspects the work and gives it a thumbs up or thumbs down. Until we pass the inspection, we must wait to turn the system on and start reaping the benefits of the sun courtesy of our solar system lease with SunRun.

My neighbor across the street came over today and inquired about the solar panels. She said she missed the tree that used to be in our front yard. We had a huge melaleuca tree in the front yard, pictured at the top of this post. I miss the tree too, but have plans to replace it with something much smaller, something that won't shade the solar panels. I'm thinking maybe a semi-dwarf avocado or other fruit tree.

We've entered new territory here and I am anxious to see how this is going to turn out once we pass the inspection tomorrow. I can't wait to take a video of the solar meter when it is actually spinning.

In the meantime, here are some photos (rooftop ones courtesy of my hubby on a ladder):




front of the house



view down the driveway



what I like to call "Solar Central"


14 panels face SouthEast (down the driveway)



7 panels face SouthWest (front of house)
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Selena said...

Oops! Spoke to soon. Didn't pass inspection because it's missing a component. That's O.K. because we don't start paying the lease until the system gets turned on. We are one of the first households that is getting solar from SunRun in L.A. City so there are bound to me some glitches. Verengo is back out early next week to fix the problem...