Sustainable Solar Home
Building with the Sun in mind
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Foundation
Stemwall
Block walls- lower
Block walls- upper
Roof- beams, decking & porch
Roof- ventilation, insulation & sheeting
Roof- plenum, clerestory & parapet
Standing seam metal roof
Exterior walls- stucco & windows
Exterior walls- rigid insulation
Exterior walls- lath, stucco & paint
South glass face
Foundation wrap
Front porch
Arizona room
Photovoltaic system
Rainwater collection
Kiva fireplace
Adobe pizza oven

Photovoltaic system
Photovoltaic system: We decided to connect our solar system to the grid, called Net-metering. This process measures the net difference between the amount of power we generate and the amount of power we use. We only pay if we use more power than we generate. Our system uses micro-inverters which allow us to maximize the power produced by each individual panel. This process can be monitored through a web-based interface via the internet. A grid-tied system such as this one allows us to store excess power at the PUD instead of having a bank of batteries on premise, while also substantially reducing the overall cost of the system.



PUD installing a power pole so that we can connect to the grid...



The solar panels and micro-inverters have arrived...



All twelve Enphase/Siemens micro-inverters...



The rack system installed on the plenum across the top of the roof at a 45 degree angle to the sun...



Micro-inverters, ground and back-bone cable installed on the racking system...



Twelve 230 watt Solarworld solar panels ready to be installed...



Closeup of a micro-inverter with trunk cable and continuous copper ground connected...



The complete 2.76 KW solar panel array generating power from the sun...



Net-meter on exterior of house...



Solar power production meter on the interior of the house...
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