Tanager Lane 5.4 kw Solar Array



The system was originally planned with a contractor that went bankrupt. We lost $7500 in the process.

I was able to salvage the engineering drawings and the aluminum supporting frame Which had been fabricated by a local metal fabrication shop. I filed the construction and electrical permits, purchased all parts, and subcontracted oil work myself.

The federal government provides a 30% roll over tax credit For the solar installation. Each day this solar system produces an average of $2.50 worth of electricity. The system produces an average of 83% of our electricity needs. This includes the house and 2 cars. It is important to note that we are retired and don't do a lot of driving.

I find it ironic that many people who have installed a pool in their backyard tell me they can't afford a solar system. A pool is a liability, a solar system is an asset. Each month the pool costs you money to maintain. Each month the solar system provides income. The same people ask what is the payback period on the solar system. I wonder what the payback period is on a pool.

I get the same question on my electric cars. What is the payback period on your electric car? I wonder what the payback period is on a gas car.


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Completed System
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Twin Inverters
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Panels viewed from above
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Frame with rails installed
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Panel installation
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Service entrance
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Inverter output enters Breakers panel thru wall
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Solar disconnect switch at service entrance
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Pergola Drawing
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Pergola strength engineering specification
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Site plan
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Solar Wiring Diagram
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NREL solar system planning output
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Ironridge rail design
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Go Green Solar Parts
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Ironridge rail parts
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Albany County Fastners
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Good day in August
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2018 TECO Summary
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2018 Summary

Photos by Al Lococo