As a former Michigander, I moved to Florida to get away from snow, ice and lack of sun—and to enjoy the (almost) daily Florida sunshine. After 17 years of Florida life, I often wonder why we do not harness that sunshine for solar power? I would venture to guess…power companies not wanting that to happen. However, after trying and enjoying the use of many solar lights, I continue to wonder …why so little use solar power? So in the last week, I was excited to learn more about girlfriend Charlotte’s adventure with her new solar panels.
In Black Diamond, a community of more than 540 homes, we now have three homes using solar power. Charlotte became interested in solar panels because her sister in Connecticut has a system and sister said it was saying them tons of money. Charlotte interviewed three companies for her job and chose Innovative Solar http://innovativesolarsystemsllc.com/
Charlotte’s system will take care of all of Charlotte’s electrical needs: no more $150-$200 monthly electric bills…and she can heat her lap pool for no charge! While her system takes care of the electric in her home… if her system produces more electric then she can use, and Duke Energy needs it, they will harness it and give her a credit on her account. The system cost $17,000 to put in and Charlotte’s Treyburn home is 2400 square feet under roof.
I’ve heard that those solar panels can compromise the roof, and she said she was told that they do not. With the Black Diamond POA, Charlotte had to apply to the ARB (Architectural Review Board). It is illegal to deny the use of solar power; the POA can dictate where the panels may go. In Black Diamond, basically, the panels cannot go on the front of the home. I took some pictures. The only change on the inside of her home is the thermostat which was changed to` a “Nest.” Her electrical meter location has a new box-lack of a better word. The roof panels I find not unattractive as some of the earlier models you see around. We will all enjoy knowing how Charlotte’s solar electrical system works.