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See Solar Power in Action at a Solar Open House in Ballston Lake, NY

September 10, 2012 by Kathleen Maier in Solar Stories with 0 Comments

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 12pm – 2pm
Where: 9 Knottingley Place (one of Ballston Lake’s greenest homes)

Jim and Beth Bouleris have always been solar-conscious; their previous home had solar panels and they currently have a solar powered pontoon boat. So when they built their home on Knottingley Place four years ago, they chose the lot and situated the house to maximize its southern exposure.

Since having their solar electric system installed by Real Goods Solar two months ago, they have completely offset their electric bill and are paying only the $16 monthly interconnection fee. In fact, they even over-produced, generating an extra 1,000 kWh that will serve as a credit on their National Grid account thanks to net metering.

A self-described “solar buff,” Jim even invested in a data monitoring system so he could watch his system from his computer and phone. “Every day I check to see if a new record is set. It is addictive to watch the meter spin backwards.”

Jim and Beth are opening their home to the public on Saturday, September 15th so other people can learn about what Jim calls “one of the best investments I have made.”

If you’re curious about solar, stop by this solar open house and watch Jim’s meter spin backwards, check out his $16 utility bills, or talk with Olya Prevo, a Real Goods Solar Solar Power Consultant who has been installing solar on Capital Region homes for five years.

RSVP or for more information: Kathleen Maier, Real Goods Solar, kathleen.maier@realgoods.com, 845-548-4673.
Solar open house in Ballston Lake, NY

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