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Novato Solar Energy Case Study, Kern Family

Kern Family’s Electric Bill Slashed by 65%

residential solar energy

Project Overview
Location Marin County, CA
System Size 5.6 kW
Surface Area 420 sq. ft.
Product Sharp 235 watt
Production 8,165 kWh/year
# of Solar Panels 24

For this stunning Novato residence, design was a key factor. In order to maintain the high aesthetics of the property, and also reach the energy goals and optimal performance, SolarCraft designed a system featuring low-profile Sharp panels with Enphase micro-inverters. A typical system features strings of panels connected to one inverter. Enphase microinverters optimize each panel’s performance greatly reducing impacts of shade and generating about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10–12%.

The Kerns received their first electric bill after going solar and it showed a 65% saving! The Kern’s solar system will provide free energy from the sun for many years while insulating them from future rate increases.

solar savings chartBenefits

  • Saves Kern family over $2,772 in electric bills annually
  • Shields the Kerns from electrical rate increases
  • Will realize ROI in 6-7 years
  • Panels provide additional roof insulation
  • Will reduce CO2 emissions by 3.5 tons annually, equivalent to planting an acre of air-filtering trees

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