Carol and Bill – Wheeling, West Virginia

October 1, 2017 Homeowner stories, West Virginia
Bill and Carol Reuther point to their new solar installation

We calculated the carbon emissions we avoided from our panels.

Carol and Bill – Wheeling, West Virginia
Went solar with the Wheeling Solar Co-op in 2015
System size: 7.28 kW, 26 solar panels

Why did you decide to go solar?

Mostly, because we felt a duty to reduce our use of fossil fuels.

Why did you decide to go solar with the co-op?

We had decided to go solar, and then, just luckily, the co-op was announced, and so, we could save money by going through it for the installation.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to go solar?

Definitely, to search for a co-op in their area.  Also, to just let them know that it works superbly, with no maintenance issues or problems.

Has anything surprised you about going solar?

How easy it was.

Do you have any data on your solar system’s performance?

Our energy production for 9 1/2 months has been 6.16 MWh, and one environmental benefit has been 9544 pounds of CO2 emissions saved.

How much was your electric bill before and after going solar?

Big difference at the beginning, because the system was installed in late March.   The bill for February 2016 was $126.28.  For March 2016, $83.77, April 2016 = $9.51, and May 2016 = $8.10 (the minimum a person can be charged – it was for only one kW)

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We love having the solar system.  We check the production amount every day, and so, I think that we are more conscious of energy use, and try to conserve more.