If you recall, I replaced the roof of the DeKist house next door with a metal roof, with plans for a solar install there to power both that house and my own, next door to it. Well, this long-term dream has now come true!
I WISH! Actually, the solar planels are there, underneath the newly fallen snow on the roof. See? Proof? The building permit is still in the window. Whole Sun Designs
did install the solar array on the DeKist house that will serve both my house and that one, 70% of our current electricity usage, with two separate meters. Notice on the photo, a solar array on the side of their funky truck. They power their tools and advertise their product, all in one, without words. Hopefully, both houses can bring usage down, now that we’re motivated. Well, not yet, because I don’t yet understand what’s going on. There’s weird new boxes in three places, two on the DeKist property,
And there’s some new service boxes in each house and the DeKist garage as well. We’re powering up! In fact, Ryan Zaricki of Whole Sun Designs says I’m now “considered a power plant.” Oh my goddess, did my chest swell when I heard those words. Huh? Weird! Why?
As you can see, the place looks much different now. Not because you can actually see the arrays, but because the three days of the install were ugly, miserable, and somewhat drippy, threatening to rain the entire time, and then, on the final day, just as they were finishing the job, the drip turn to sleet, and then, as you can see from the photos, snow. Check out the GANG garden pond now!
We got at least 8 inches, maybe more. My car doors are still frozen shut.
Today I walked to the store to get food. Puppy Shadow refused to go, since the salt they put on the streets hurts his paws. (He’s in the very middle of the photo below.)
The garden, however, is beautiful in this light, and I find it wonderfully ironic that on maybe the brightest day of this entire year (not even any chem trails), my new solar array, though it is “turned on,” must wait for the snow to melt to power up. And I, it’s proprietor, must wait until Monday when Ryan will return to explain the whole system to me. It’s amazing, how they slid this one as their final job of the year during the three days just prior to a large snowstorm. Whew! It worked out! We were biting our nails there for awhile.
Oh yes, one more thing. The gutter guy also came by, to retrofit my house with 6″ gutters rather than 5″. They managed to do that on the final day before the storm as well. (I had expected them two weeks earlier.) As if the whole thing was divinely choreographed . . . With 6″ gutters, they can all feed into just three holding tanks for water catchment. I have yet to install the tanks. Here’s one corner with the new gutters where a small tank will be installed. One of them will be quite large.
We plan to put new 6″ gutters on the DeKist house as well, and of course, feed all the water to the garden, one to the pond, the other to a tank. So far, we have the tank, but the new gutters there will have to wait until the cold lets up.