08 Jun '11, 6pm

Making my first clean kilowatt

On May 25, my husband and I generated our first kilowatt of clean, solar electricity from the rooftop of our home here in West Virginia. It was AMAZING -- as in, your-first-paper-mache-baking-soda-volcano amazing. As soon as we turned on the system, I kept running back outside to check out the new meter that measures our total solar output. On our very first day, our net meter showed we were making more energy on our rooftop than we were using, pushing that extra energy back out onto the grid and powering the homes of our neighbors. As the week wore on, we were able to monitor online how much energy each of the 12 solar panels was generating, and it turns out we were able to make almost all the electricity we were using. Did I mention that it was amazing? This adventure started a few months ago, when we used simple tools that we found online to figure out how much coal we ...

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