Robert Fernatt – Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Robert Fernatt, Solar homeowner – Falling Waters, West Virginia
System size: 11.4 kW

What did you decide to go solar?

My wife and I have owned an electric vehicle since 2015 and we knew we wanted to have enough solar to power the car and the house. Our array provides enough power to offset the annual usage of the all-electric house, two electric vehicles, and all electric lawn equipment. Controlling the source and cost of energy for the home and cars was a big factor along with minimizing CO2 emissions and pollution.

Has anything surprised you about going solar?

I was quite surprised by how quickly the array went up on the roof. The paperwork may have taken a few weeks, but the actual install was fast. I’m very pleased with the look of the final installation.

What electricity savings have you experienced since going solar?

Since the system went onto a new house we are unsure about exact usage, but I am estimating about $2,700 saved in electricity since September 2017. I estimate an additional $1,300 saved in fuel for vehicles over that time. We have also made efficiency improvements to the house, so there are some variables, but we’ve had a $5/month power bill, the minimum charge, since March 2018 and have a 3,500 kWh credit at the moment.

What advice would you give to someone is considering going solar?

First, look at solar not only as an investment in your home, but also the environment. Second, consider what efficiency upgrades you can make to your existing home. Get an energy audit! Lastly, I’d recommend pairing an electric vehicle with your solar system if at all possible. Once you know the convenience of waking up to a full tank every morning and not even noticing the price of gas, you won’t go back. And, EVs are a blast to drive! Go solar and join the future!