Peters House

637 Highview Lane
Hurst, TX 76054

Tour Hours: 10am - 4pm

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We hold a moral responsibility to not continue the global chemistry experiment we're conducting on our only planet.

But even if one discounts the ethical, moral and ecological concerns, with the cost of solar panels dropping 70% in the last five years we have reached a crossover point where it makes absolutely no sense to NOT convert a portion of ones roof into a power- and moneymaking-surface…

 

Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW: 7.4 kW DC
Installation date: March, 2013
Installer/contractor: Solar City  (www.solarcity.com)

Equipment

31-Trina PV Panels, 2-Power-One Inverters

Retail Electric Provider

MP2

Rain Water Catchment

Installation date: In progress  
Installer: Self
Equipment: 2 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service-Dallas; 55-gallon water barrels.   http://dallas.tamu.edu/

 

Additional Green features

  • Partial lighting conversion to LED lighting
  • Two 2015 Tesla Model S's

 

Host Comments

We hold a moral responsibility to not continue the global chemistry experiment we're conducting on our only planet.  But even if one discounts the ethical, moral and ecological concerns, with the cost of solar panels dropping 70% in the last five years we have reached a crossover point where it makes absolutely no sense to NOT convert a portion of ones roof into a power- and moneymaking-surface.  In our case, with these changes, and a plant-based lifestyle, we have reduced our carbon footprint to almost zero (a few projects to go yet), especially as we also “fuel” our car using power from the sun.  In our case, a one-time lease payment of $8k to SolarCity provides us with electric bills that will total under $100/year, if not less, for the next 20 years.  When combined with the joy of no longer buying gasoline (hundreds saved per month), it's an absolute “no brainer” to install solar power if you have an appropriate amount of Southern exposure.  Combine with an electric vehicle and your cost savings are multiplied....

For more information:

www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/science/earth/sun-and-wind-alter-german-landscape-leaving-utilities-behind.html

cowspiracy.com