Thursday, November 20, 2008

Solar Panels

After a long, seemingly endless, process...begun last May...we finally have solar panels on our roof! They're not yet actually functioning...but that should happen soon...relatively speaking...an Italian soon... Things just take a long time around here.

These panels should satisfy our electricity needs, heat our water and be enough to sell some back to the electric company, so as to pay off the investment we made in buying the panels and building the structure to hold them up. For some photos of the building of the structure, click here.

14 comments:

nobu said...

Great.
It's good for environment

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

nearly everyone has solar heating n greece, but it mainly satisfies our needs for hot water. what you've done is gone a step beyond -this sort of thing hasn't caught on yet in greece for private homes, but it has been used for larger buildings with greater needs than the individual home

valeria said...

Well done, everybody should use them!
It looks like a huuuuuge home in a forest!!!!!
The computer is staying on this morning, I hope I will be able to keep it alive for a few more days, until we get a new one!
Un bacione

Saretta said...

Yes, Nobu, we hope it's good for both the environment and our pockets!

Kiwi - there is funding available now in many Italian regions for this kind of investment for individuals and companies. Many schools in town run completely on solar power.

Valeria - well, our house is a villa out in the countryside, so it's not small, but I think it's the perspective that makes it seem larger here...and we are completely surrounded by olive groves! Un bacio anche a te...in bocca al lupo col pc!

Lost in Sicily said...

What a great investment. We should all follow your example and go solar!

Hilda said...

Wow! That's great! I'm off to your other blog now.

Oh, and your shot's lovely with the sky's reflection on the panels!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

kudos to you for putting up solar panels. my parents have had a solar water heater since the jimmy carter administration! when carter gave tax breaks to people for going solar. the system still works 30 years later and it's amazing to think how much they have saved over the years on heating their water. to have all your electric needs supplied by solar power is AWESOME!

it is such an underutilized resource and I believe is THE alternative that will solve many of our energy problems....

Pietro said...

It's very interesting, so you don't need the boiler any more.
I hope solar panels will be functional and useful for you.

JM said...

That's a great shot and also a great iniciative most people should have!

rob said...

Ottimo investimento!

Tanya said...

I hope these work out well for you! I remember growing up in San Diego, alot of people used solar panels for heating their pools.

USelaine said...

That's fabulous, Saretta! Complete power independence is the way to go, and I'm glad your power company will buy the excess. Bravo!

marley said...

Its good to see you are doing your bit for the environment, and your bank account!

Here in the UK the Government give people money towards installing solar panels on their houses. Does that happen in Italy?

Saretta said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement!

The government isn't exactly giving people money to install the panels here, but special loans with low interest rates are available. And there's the added incentive of being able to sell your excess energy back to Enel as a way to pay off the loan automatically.