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2015 Green Energy Ohio Tour: Smith Residence
ADDRESS OPEN TO PUBLIC
32745 Ledge Hill Dr.
Solon, OH 44139
10/2/2015: Other: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
10/3/2015: Other: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
TYPE Home
YEARS ON TOUR 6
AGE OF BUILDING 45 years
SIZE 2,300 square feet
TOTAL COST OF PROJECT $67,132.00
TOTAL COST OF PROJECT AFTER INCENTIVES $35,988.00
PROJECT STATUS Completed
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TECHNOLOGIES AT SITE
Renewable Energy
Technology Size Units Installer Manufacturer Years in Operation
EV powered by renewable energy Nissan Leaf 4
Photovoltaics 10.58 kW Dovetail Solar & Wind 6
DESCRIPTION:
Single family residence with a 10.58 kW Direct Grid-Tie Solar PV System and an (ALL Electric 2012 Nissan Leaf) car located in the city of Solon, Ohio with a South East exposure.

Solar Phase I - 5.28 kW solar array with 30 - 176 watt Sharp solar modules with a 5000 watt Fronius inverter,

Solar Phase II - 0.98 kW solar array with 4 - 245 watt SolarWorld solar modules each with an Enphase 215 watt micro-inverter.

Solar Phase III - 2.43 kW solar array with 9 - 270 watt SolarWorld solar modules each with an Enphase 250 watt micro-inverter.

Solar Phase IV - 1.89 kW solar array with 7 - 270 watt SolarWorld solar modules each with an Enphase 250 watt micro-inverter.

Electric Car - purchase of an ALL ELECTRIC 2012 Nissan Leaf car with an on site charging station. The average yearly driving range of 12,000 miles caused an increase of approx. $250 - $300 in electric costs/yr.
Incentive Program(s) Utilized:
Solar Phase I ($41,079 investment for 5.28 kW Solar Array):
1) $15,620 Ohio Department of Development Residential Solar PV Energy Incentive grant collected from all those who paid for electricity + 30% Federal tax credit = $7,637 totaling $23,257 of incentives.
2) Annual production of approx 5 Megawatt-hours of electricity allowed the receipt of (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) SREC's at the rate of $250 per Mega Watt of production = $1,250/year of non-taxable income.

Solar Phase II ($8,300 investment for .98 kW Solar Array):
1) 30% Federal Tax Credit of $2,490 leaving a balance of $5,810.
2) Additional annual production of approx 1 Megawatt-hours + the previous 5 Megs = 6 Megs of electricity allowed the purchase of SREC's at the new rate of $246.09 per Megawatt-hour of production earns $1,500/year of non-taxable income.

Solar Phase III ($11,587 investment for 2.43 kW Solar Array):
1) 30% Federal Tax Credit of $3476.10.
2) Estimated additional annual production of approx 2 Megawatt-hours + the previous 6 Megs = 8 Megs of electricity allowed the purchase of SREC's at the new variable rate of approximately $450.00 per Megawatt-hour of production will earn and estimated $3,600/year of non-taxable income.

Solar Phase IV ($8,478.50 investment for 1.89 kW Solar Array):
1) 30% Federal Tax Credit of $2,541.30.
2) Estimated additional annual production of approx 1.5 to 2 Megawatt-hours + the previous 8 Megs = 9.5 to 10 Megs of electricity allowed the purchase of SREC's at the new variable rate of approximately $450.00 per Megawatt-hour of production will earn and estimated $4,500/year of non-taxable income.

Electric Car (Purchase of ALL Electric Nissan Leaf in 2012):
Federal Tax Credit of $7,500 for purchase of all electric car.
Estimated Annual Production:
9 to 10 Megawatts-hours/year
Estimated Utility Savings:
After completion of Solar Install Phase IV, I'm estimated to be paying only $150 annually for electricity instead of a previous (pre-solar) annual average of $1,700 which saves approx $1,550 per year. In addition, I receive SREC's of $4,500/yr + Annual Utility Savings of $1,550/yr = $6,050/yr net (income & savings) calculates out to a break even point of this year for Solar Phase I and no more that 3 additional years for phase 2 through phase 4.
Challenges/Lessons Learned:
It is often said that Northern Ohio is not the best place for the use of PV Panels. As a person with 6 years of first hand experience, Northern Ohio does very well. My panels have the highest production in March through the beginning of MAY when the temperatures are low, 40 - 50 degrees even though the longest days occur in June and July when the temperatures are above 70 to 80+ degrees. 5 Solar panels in Ohio produce as much as 4 solar panels in the southern states of the USA where the high 90 degree temperatures reduce the panels production ability.

Driving an electric car is fantastic even though (range anxiety) is an on-going challenge. Driving 50 to 60 miles on city streets lengthens the range. It also separates me from the politics of rising gas prices which is GREAT!!!! It also helps the environment with the reduction of CO2 emissions. Finally, with my own Solar Panels, I'm free to drive as much as I would like. For me it's a "Win Win Win" situation.
Installation Company & Contact Information:
Dovetail Solar & Wind
Al Frasz (CEO)
(216) 292-2900
afrasz@dovetailsolar.com
www.dovetailsolar.com