Friday, February 28th, the deadline for contract signing for the pilot Solarize Asheville program, was a big day for our team. Six months after this community campaign was announced to the public and the first Solar 101 info session was held, the final numbers were in: Fifty Asheville homeowners signed on to have a solar electric system installed at their homes. From young families with children to retirees, the group is diverse, but all were excited to be embracing clean energy through this initiative.
The average system size was 4.2 kW, with systems ranging in size from 2.0 kW to 8.7 kW. The collective impact of these fifty systems, which total 236.257 kilowatts DC, is that 225,936 pounds of coal will be displaced by clean solar energy each year, offsetting 210 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. This is the equivalent amount of Carbon sequestered by 5,394 tree seedlings grown for 10 years!
(These estimates were calculated using PV Watts, a Performance Calculator for Grid-Connected PV Systems, and the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.)
Congratulations to everyone who Solarized! Indeed, every system that is installed is part of the solution! And for those who weren’t able to participate in the pilot program, be assured that we will continue to offer the best value, and the best service, to you. Just give us a call!