Still Learning To See

Let the sunshine in!


Clearing the snow off the roof in order to install PV solar panels.

Two years ago we had solar photovoltaic panels installed on our roof. The temperature the day the two installers from Catamount Solar started their work was well below 0F.


Solar photovoltaic panels nearly installed and ready to go to work.

Since then, the system has performed flawlessly and converted the Sun’s energy into  over 5600kWh of electrical energy.

Solar solstice! We did not capture a great deal of the sun’s energy today but there was some activity up on the roof.

Even today, the Winter Solstice, with the least daylight of the year and with heavy clouds and rain almost all day long, the system has made a small contribution to our energy use.

I think the best way to celebrate the day is with this graph showing the past two year’s energy production:

Annual production of electricity from our solar array throughout the year is pretty impressive for Vermont.

And here in Vermont we can take credit for the abundant summer production to offset the lean production during the winter, as is shown in our bill for the month of November-December—the same as it has been for nine of the past twelve months:


Of course this time of year snow often covers the collectors but it pretty quickly slides off and the panels get to work.


Yes, solar IS an investment and yes, it cannot provide all of our actual daily needs all year long but even in Vermont, it works very well. Imagine how it can work in the parts of the world that are actually sunny!

Speaking of sun, we also get much of our domestic hot water from another system, mounted on the rear wall of the house. From April to October this provides all we need and, again, has worked flawlessly since installed in 2013. Interestingly, it also shades the living room windows below the collector panels and keeps that room a full 10F-degrees cooler in the summer than before.


A separate system, installed 5-1/2 years ago not only heats all of our hot water (from April to October) but also shades the living room windows to keep that room cool all summer long.

So cheers for the Sun on this shortest day of the year! May we all take a pledge in the New Year to do whatever we can to live within our “solar means” and help bring the Planet back into balance with reality.


This entry was published on December 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm. It’s filed under Ecosystem, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Photograph, Sunset, Vermont, Winter, and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Let the sunshine in!

  1. Enjoy all your posts, but liked this one for the pics and info! Nice job!

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