Case Studies

Solar Power Case Studies: Solar Installation in Cortland, NY

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Kelsey Belile


Alex and Donna have always been interested in renewable energy. With a son who is an environmentalist, the couple is very much aware that there are actions that can be taken to help the environment today that will also benefit future generations. Not only was the couple interested in the "green" side of going solar, but they were also aware of the money savings they would find on their home energy bills. 


After receiving their no cost home energy audit from Halco, Alex and Donna opted for a solar electric system installed as a roof-mounted array on their garage roof. The 6.6 kW system that was installed consists of 24 solar panels and is designed to generate 6,222 kWh per year.

Alex and Donna were very pleased with the installation time and the crew stating, “Halco did a great job – they met all of our expectations.” The couple has had a steady stream of people stop at their home to ask questions and admire the work. Recently, they were asked by the Solarize CNY – Cortland initiative to become a stop on the summer solar tour, where local community members can find out more about the couple's experience with going green!

Alex has also adopted the home’s solar monitoring system as something of a hobby. The couple spends their winters in South Carolina, and Alex was able to log on to his computer and see how much electricity the system was producing. Donna said her May 2015 bill was $18 and last year at this time it was $105.70! Congratulations to this couple on taking a step towards energy independence!

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