YEEC member, Hilary Clark, is featured in the June 29, 2012 Greenalliance.biz blog entry titled “Installing solar electric system sustains climate and your pocketbook.”
York, Maine, resident Hilary Clark recently installed a solar electric system, comprising 30 solar electric modules — also known as photovoltaic modules — onto her roof to reduce her use of expensive, wasteful, climate-change-causing fossil fuels, and as a result, will save up to $125 a month on her electric bill.
“I’ve always wanted to be off the grid to produce my own electricity,” Hilary says. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since the ‘70s.” She’s still on the grid, but, turning the tables on the traditional producer-consumer relationship, she will be able to sell her excess solar energy back to Central Maine Power.
This type of solar electric system, called “grid-tied,” is significantly less expensive and more robust than battery-based “off-grid” systems. A grid-tied solar array will generate electricity any time the sun is shining, powering electric loads in a home, or, if it produces excess, exporting electricity to the grid and receiving a credit. Credits issued by the utility can be carried up to a year.
Hilary, a member of York’s Energy Steering Committee and the York Land Trust, built her house in 1993, implementing the green practices of the time, almost all experimental, including building in a solar hot water system.
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