The interconnection agreement of this solar system with Duke Energy Progress utilizes a one-meter configuration with Net Metering. Net Metering means we use the energy we are producing and any produced in excess goes back onto the utility grid (basically causing our utility meter to run backwards).
Benefits of the small solar system include energy cost savings for the farming operation, greater energy independence, and a reduction in fossil fuel use and air pollution. Very little maintenance is required for a photovoltaic system. This is good because our gardens are HIGH MAINTENANCE!
Cane Creek Asparagus & Company contracted for the installation of a 6.45 KW (6,450 watt) photovoltaic system comprised of 30 Sanyo HIT 215 watt modules (mono crystalline with a ultra-thin amorphous silicon layer with a 0 -+10% tolerance) and a Sunny Boy 7000 watt inverter. HIT solar cells are called hybrid modules and made exclusively by Sanyo at this time. They are designed to work even on slightly cloudy days and earlier in the day and later in the afternoon than most panels. We did extensive research before making our decision. We are pleased to see it is producing in the 7.2 kW range which is in line with the +10 rating of the hybrid modules.
The roof-mounted photovoltaic system roof is 26’ 2” high x 16’ wide (portrait). The roof faces 35 degrees east of true south as determined by a compass and has a 27 degree pitch. There are no nearby buildings, objects, or other structures to shade these solar panels and, thus, reduce output performance. he panels are mounted with S-5 standing seam mounts to a standing seam metal roof.
These Sanyo HIT 215 watt PV Modules are warranted to produce at least 80% of the Minimum Power, or 163.4 watts, for at least 20 years from the installation date. Solar Industry expectations are that the system will produce solar energy for over 50 years.
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