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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