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Testimonials - Wilton Residents Speak up about their Experience with Solar

Here’s What Our Wilton Neighbors are Saying About their Solar…

“When I did my evaluation, I started with Solar City driven by a Home Depot pitch. That was the start of my investigation/discovery. I quickly learned that SC was all about financing and leveraging my investment to their benefit. Ross allowed me to contract with the state of CT lease my system over a number of years with full transferability assuming the buyer is qualified to buy the house.
Net, I project we are saving $75 a month by going solar after incorporation of the lease expense. Happy to have Ross Solar audit to provide my Wilton friends with an accurate fact base.”

Rich Hubli

“I am very happy we put the solar panels on our roof. We own our panels because for us it was a better choice than leasing. Our electric bill has gone way down. We have an estimated year 1 savings of $1,440. I love the idea of clean energy. Installation was very easy. There are websites we can monitor the information and it is interesting to see the hourly/daily/monthly numbers.”

Jane Alexander

We installed our rooftop solar system in 2011. There are 13 panels capable of 3.12 kW. It is not visible from the street but I think it enhances the value of the house. Once installed, there is no maintenance at all. Since it was turned on, we have generated 14,956kW. I would highly recommend it to everyone.”

Eileen Ferro

My wife Ena and I moved into our house in 1984, and we have always been interested in reducing utility costs Our motivation to install solar electric was mainly economic. We went to a home show at Fairfield University in 2009, where it became apparent that increases in efficiency of the equipment and government incentives combined to make it affordable for us.

At the home show, there were two exhibitors for solar electric installations, and I had both come out to check our situation. I decided to go with Alteris Renewables, because they could supply the Sunpower panel which was advertised as the most efficient.  I knew that since the roof of our ranch house faced south and was unencumbered by any dormers or trees, it was a good setup, and they confirmed that.

In paying for the system we decided to go with the Connecticut Solar Lease program, since the cost of the system was $51,000 plus, and the but the Solar lease costs only $123 a month, for a term of 15 years and with an option to renew for 5 years after that at a reduced rate. In order to have the design comply with the solar lease program, Alteris told me its capacity could not exceed our normal electrical usage, and so I gave them some of our past electrical bills and they came up with a layout.

The layout consists of 2 rows of 15 panels, and each panel has a maximum output of 230 watts, for a maximum capacity of 6900 watts at the panel, to the inverter which is down in the basement/ garage which converts the DC to AC.   Any surplus of power is fed into the local electrical grid, as it is made synchronous with the grid frequency AC by the inverter box, and any shortfall of power is made up from the grid. This is completely automatic.  The installation was inspected by CL&P.

The proposal from Alteris said that the system “can be reasonably expected to produce approximately 7310 kilowatt-hours per year under normal conditions. This would be the equivalent of approximately 98% of the Customer’s previous 12 months’ electrical usage.”

For the first three years we were running a slight surplus until our family size increased from 2 to 7 in 2012. I thought about reducing our electrical consumption even more by replacing the electrically powered water heater with an oil fired water heater. This was done in September of 2014. For the last 12 months our electric bill has averaged just below $70 per month, and this includes the $29.95 for “Electricity Supply Services” that everyone has to pay to Eversource for being connected to the grid. From the installation date of November 1, 2009, to January 10, 2016, which is 6.195 years, the system has generated 47,559 kilowatt-hours, which is an average of 7677 kwh per year which exceeds Alteris’ predicted amount of 7310.  Overall, we are happy with the system which has had no maintenance problems."

John Meek

“In 2013 we purchased a hybrid electric car in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. We then looked into a system that would not only power our house holdneeds butalso charge the car. After much research we installed a roof mounted system producing up to 11,000 kilowatts hours per year. We now have a minimal electric bill and power our car without the use of fossil fuels. Would we recommend it to friends and family? We already did. Solar technology is the future. Next will hopefully be the ability for home owners to affordably store solar generated energy to be independent of energy companies.”

Britta and Todd DellaCamera

“We decided to install photovoltaic cells on our roof in line with our overall commitment to environmental issues.  We had been aware of and concerned about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions for a couple of decades and had been closely following various United Nations Conferences on this and related topics and tried to focus on what practical measures we could  take to make some small difference in our household energy use. 

 We realized that the orientation of our house would probably take optimum advantage of sunlight.  As to timing, we entered into a contract towards the end of 2013 since CL&P was offering a subsidy, the amount of which was linked directly to projected energy generation.  In addition, we were not certain that the IRS regulations on tax credits for solar installations would be renewed. 

 For 2015, the first full year of operation, the 27 cells generated just a little less than 11,000 kWh; saving approximately $1,000 per year on electricity bills.  The system is monitored continuously and at the end of every month we receive a detailed analysis of the performance of the system as a whole and of each of the cells.”

Anthony Fourarce

Peter Wrampe,
Jan 12, 2016, 1:37 PM