COVID-19 and its spread makes it seem trivial to talk about a single solar power installation. By the same token, we will - with science and good project management - defeat this virus, so in a way, one way to defeat it is to continue working on other important issues, and climate change is one of them.
Installing solar power on one house is clearly not going to do much in and of itself, but I hope that one project will yield inspiration and enablement of others.
In any case, I had promised to give an update on our home’s solar installation when we went over 1 mWh (one megawatt hour). That's where the wacky blog post title came from... mega-what-our... In any case, we’ve achieved that milestone (see image below)!
March was a particularly sunny month and that put us over the top.
See other image below.
Yep, over 1.1 mWh, with about 580 kWh coming in one month alone! Economically, our bills have dropped to near zero, and now we are enrolled in Massachusetts’ SMART program, which provides additional incentives to solar homes.
Learn more about SMART here.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), in conjunction with the participating electric utilities is setting their sights even higher for the most energy-efficient state in the nation by launching the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program. The SMART Program is a long-term sustainable solar incentive program sponsored by Eversource, National Grid and Unitil. SMART will encourage the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology by supporting 1,600 MW of new solar generating capacity.
The SMART Program began with 17 projects totaling 53.273 MW of solar PV. These new Solar Tariff Generation Units (STGUs) will generate clean, renewable power for decades to come. Along with this first block of awards, the Base Compensation Rate levels have been set for the SMART program. On November 26, 2018 the SMART Program became available to solar PV projects of all types and sizes, up to 5 MW per project.
With your help, we can create a brighter, more sustainable future for Massachusetts.
So, it’s a start. It’s one project in a program. And it’s one program in the renewable energy portfolio.
Further updates to be posted.
Stay well, listen to scientists, and base your decisions on facts.