Residential Case Studies
A Q&A with Mike from Hudson, MA, whose 10,695-watt system went live in July 2014. Mike answers questions including “Why did you go solar?”, “How has solar impacted your electric bill?”, and “Why did you choose New England Clean Energy?” Read the case study.
When Joel, an attorney in Bolton, MA, first researched solar energy, a PV system cost around $80,000. Many an early adopter understands this tale of woe. “With no tax breaks or SREC credits, the cost was prohibitively high,” he says. Several years later, federal and state incentives changed the equation considerably. Read the case study.
Dave from Berlin, MA, makes purchasing decisions based on quality and aesthetics, not environmental benefit, and he’s not ashamed to admit it. Consider it progress, then, that he owns an electric car and a solar electric system, which now come in high-performance, aesthetically pleasing packages. Read the case study.
George and Margaret have always been environmentally conscious. They are diligent about recycling and water use, and switched to energy-efficient light bulbs and programmable thermostats years ago. But solar power, which was on their radar since the 1980s, was just a dream until the town of Harvard joined the Solarize Massachusetts pilot program in 2011. Finally, solar became affordable. Read the case study.
If you called Liz and Robert solar zealots, they wouldn’t be offended. Between 2007 and 2009, they installed in their Maynard home a two-panel solar hot water system, a solar attic fan, and a 4,000-watt, 20-panel solar electric system. They did all of this a few years before the payback period for solar electric dropped to 4-8 years, but they don’t regret being “early adopters”. Read the case study.
As a self-proclaimed “Baby Buster”—the post Baby Boom generation—Ellen of Northborough, MA remembers learning about environmental responsibility in elementary school. Even then, she loved the idea of creating power from nature. So by the time she was an adult with the financial resources, installing a solar electric system was a no-brainer. Read the case study.
Like many retirees, Jerry and Christine of Weston, MA were concerned about rising energy costs. Their NStar bills kept going up, and they knew it would only get worse. When they first looked into solar as a possible alternative, they knew very little about how it all worked. So they were very pleased to learn about the programs offered at the time to support solar installations. Read the case study.
Kilowatt-hours, utility rates, SREC prices, rebate amounts, tax credits, net costs…the variety of numbers associated with installing solar energy systems can be mind-boggling. But for those with an appetite for data, like Eric of Marlborough, MA, solar-related numbers deliver a lot of satisfaction. Read the case study.
Solar energy may not be on the traditional retirement planning checklist, but it sure worked out for Gary and Lynda of West Brookfield, MA. A few years before retiring, Gary – whose jobs included U.S. Army captain and police officer, and Lynda – a lab technician, started looking for ways to stabilize expenses in anticipation of living on a fixed income. Read the case study.
Sure, the hype on solar sounds good. But does it really deliver? Ask New England Clean Energy customer Ben, who had us install a 5,886-watt solar electric system on his Chelmsford, MA home in January 2014. Two years later, he shares his solar results. Read the case study.