From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Going Solar in Austin, Texas


We're working hard to make your Ubuntu Server as energy efficient as possible, and I'm quite proud of that.

Personally taking it one step further, last week I signed a contract on a 6650W Photovoltaic System, to be installed on my roof while I'm in Dublin for the Karmic Distro Sprint.

The system consists of a total of 38 Solarworld 175 Watt Solar Panels, and a PVI-6000-OUTD-US Aurora Photovoltaic Inverter. It should supply the majority of our electricity (according to PV Watts) and pay itself off within a couple years (after rebate).

We contracted the system through my buddy Vincent Guerrero of Texas Solar Power Company, here in Austin, Texas, taking advantage of one of the most generous and progressive solar rebate programs in the country, offered by Austin Energy.

I figured I should blog our experience in case anyone else out there is considering the same. I'll keep you posted on the installation and performance of the system.

For other articles in this series, see:
http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/search/label/Solar

Cheers,
:-Dustin