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Thursday, May 26, 2016


Preliminary Solarize Cincy Solar Panel Assessment

Earlier this month at a Pleasant Ridge Community Council meeting, I was made aware of a local neighborhood initiative developed by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, called Solarize Cincinnati, which looks to encourage homeowners to explore adding solar panel arrays on their roofs as a means of reducing electric bills and increasing renewable energy power generation in the region. As a first step in this effort, Solarize Cincinnati offers customers a free report analyzing their homes solar potential, breaking down the system size, system cost, energy savings and payback in terms of return on investment.
Below is the initial report I received on the Starter Home 2.0 Pleasant Ridge house, which was deemed a good candidate for solar with its large expanse of west facing roof area and lack of tree cover that could potentially block out the sun. I'm not yet ready to commit to installing a solar array on this house, but I did go ahead and submit some additional information on the home's energy usage to get a more detailed report on the exact system cost and energy savings, which I can share in a future blog post. It is also worth noting that the SH2.0 Oakley home with its large expanse of south facing roof, is also a good candidate for solar, and something I will look into as that project progresses.