Dr. Marvyn Samuel, a strong solar advocate, wanted to eliminate his power bill entirely with clean, renewable energy in order to do what he could to reduce his carbon footprint. He had a 59.5-kW solar array installed at his Columbus, Ohio home.
“The system has produced above our expectations already,” states Dr. Samuel, a prominent long-time resident of the Columbus, Ohio, area. “In fact, it takes complete care of all our energy needs, including our electric cars. Solar works so well, that I am thinking about expanding the system—it’s just a wonderful feeling to have the sun produce your electricity.”
YellowLite installed the array which uses 238 Mage Powertech Plus 250-W modules on several ground mounts. It is one of the largest residential solar array in the state. Dr. Marvyn Samuel, the system owner and a strong solar advocate, wanted to eliminate his power bill entirely with clean, renewable energy in order to do what he could to reduce his carbon footprint.
The system is expected to generate over 66,000 kWh of clean energy annually. This amount will offset 79,200 lbs of harmful CO2-emissions while producing the energy value of $7330 in the first year alone. Excess energy is fed back into the grid and AEP Ohio reimburses Dr. Samuel for the clean, renewable power.
Although most home owners will opt for a system the size of 5 to 8 kW, the residential market has been experiencing a tremendous boom recently. As panel and installation costs have decreased sharply, solar systems have become a viable energy solution for many Americans. Powering more than 1.3 million homes currently, the residential market has grown 53% in the first quarter this year (compared to Q1/2012), establishing solar as the fastest growing energy sector in the nation and employing a record number of workers, currently more than 119,000.
“This impressive installation has been beautifully executed by YellowLite and we are thrilled to be part of such an ambitious project,” said Joe Thomas, CEO and President of Mage Solar USA. “The bold statement a residential installation of this size makes about the validity of solar PV is inspiring. We would like to thank Dr. Samuel for making his home the site of solar history for the state of Ohio.”
“The sales staff and the engineering department at Mage Solar were very helpful to us during the installation process,” says Azam Kazmi, CEO of YellowLite. “The utility company AEP Ohio worked right along with us to connect the system. Dr. Samuel was very patient as we worked through the tough winter to finish this incredible install. This system will give Dr. Samuel energy independency for years to come.”