Rock & Roll Drummer and Health Food Store Owner brothers combine to have Edison Solar Inc. install a 14,500 watt ground mount solar array in Berlin Heights, Ohio
Edison Solar finished installation of 164 solar world 285 watt panels on the Erie Furniture Outlet Store
In December Edison Solar completed a 21,750 watt "sturdy rack" ground mounted solar system for Mike Kegarise, the person who gave Edison Solar its first installation in 2008. Thank you Mike!
In July of 2014, Edison Solar completed a pair of residential solar installations in Sandusky, OH. Both utilized SolarWorld PV modules and the combined systems total 20,275 Watts.
In June of 2014, Edison Solar completed a 57,200 Watt agricultural project for Holthouse Farms. The project utilized 208 SolarWorld 275W solar modules.
On the shores of Lake Erie, Edison Solar completed installation of what is believed to be the largest solar array in North Central Ohio. It consisted of 494 Sharp 250 watt panels and 2 Solectria inverters for a total of 123,500 watts.
Dennis Murray: "Our solar array has reached the 200 MWh mark of lifetime production. Combined with Renewable Energy Credits (REC's), we are realizing a roughly 15% return."
Read about this project in the Toledo Blade!
I am pleased to report that with about 31 months of experience, our rooftop investment is performing significantly ahead of projections. A recap: our gross investment was $370K, but the net was about $102k after a 30% tax credit and an immediate deduction of 85% of the cost (that’s right – even after a 30% tax credit we could still deduct 85% immediately). The ability to immediately depreciate the entire investment was part of the economic stimulus package. Frankly we lucked into that one, but it is one driver of the fact that our investment is ahead of projections.
We are saving electricity at a rate of $17,800/year and receiving payment for the sale of our Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) of about $3,500 (below projections because the current tea party Republican General Assembly keeps delaying the renewable energy portfolio that an earlier Republic General Assembly adopted). That is more than offset by the fact that electricity generation is about 20% ahead of projections.
So our net return is about 20.5% tax free, an amount that may increase over time if electricity rates increase or Ohio again embraces the renewable energy mandates currently on the books (increasing REC prices). That will be offset by productivity losses of about 1%/year over time, likely bottoming out at 80% of the original production in 25-30 years when they will need to be replaced (at a much lower cost, and likely reusing the existing framing system. That will likely be a good time to also replace the roof. (Pay attention to that date younger partners – 2039 will be here before you know it.)
We did finance about $100k of the purchase price but even after those bank payments we have strong positive cash flow from our investment.
I am thankful to David Miller – copied – for encouraging this investment and doing such a fine job on installation, and to Nolan (also copied) for the analysis, conservative it turns out in the best accounting tradition, that provided the comfort that we needed to proceed. And I am most thankful to all of you for the faith to proceed with a very large, but very lucrative investment.
Dennis E. Murray, Jr.
Murray & Murray
111 East Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
The Westin hotel in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten pictured above is the first in the Caribbean region to go solar. The system consisted of 480 Suntech 290 watt panels with 432 on a Solectria 100 KW inverter and 48 on a Fronius 11.4-3. The array will produce more than 3,660 Kilowatt hours of electricity per hour and will avoid the production of 40 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 35,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions over the next thirty years. It will also save 4,875 tons of oil, otherwise needed for electricity production, the equivalent of planting 2,500 trees annually.
Read about this project in Green Energy Ohio!
In June Edison Solar installed this 29,250 watt solar system for Gary Walter on one of his hog barns in Upper Sandusky, OH. The system consisted of 117 Sharp 250 watt panels and three S.M.A. 7 kilowatt inverters. The next time you eat bacon you can thank Gary, who raises over 20 thousand hogs a year.
In May Edison Solar completed the installation of an 8,640 watt solar array on an equipment building on a farm in Wharton, Ohio.
Edison Solar completed the installation of a 29.1 kilowatt solar array on a barn roof in northwest Ohio.
First Solar Array for St. Maarten
The first solar array on a public building in Dutch St. Maarten. Electric Company has resisted the installation of solar to preserve their profits. But far-sighted Energy Minister William Marlin moved matters forward by approving the installation of a 12,000 watt system on the Philipsburg Library. He stopped by for an inspection of the progress where the picture on right was taken.
David Miller from Edison Solar in Ohio, USA, consultant & equipment supplier; Monique Alberts, Library Director; William Marlin, St. Maarten's Energy Commissioner; and Anthony J. Prall Jr., installer of the system.
Edison Solar completed the installation of a 10,400 watt solar system on the Back Bay adjacent to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Shortage of available area resulted in special engineering using the "sturdy rack" to support a 35 degree 7-panel high array.
The Edison Solar team completed one of the largest solar installations in the State of Georgia. The 100,800-watt array was installed in three beds using the Edison Solar "Sturdy Rack" system. Work began in late September after obtaining a U.S.D.A. grant by the buyer Encore Plastics, a green company that makes biodegradable plastic buckets.
The project was constructed at their Forsyth, Georgia location using all A.R.R.A. components and consisted of 420 Sharp 240-watt panels and one PC Power 100 kilowatt inverter. The system was started without incident and has been producing above expectations to date.
The summer of 2011 saw the completion of Phase II of the solar installation for Precision Paving Inc. The addition consisted of thirteen Sharp 224-watt panels for 2,912 more watts of power bringing the total array wattage to 14,144 watts. Because this was a planned add-on, no additional inverter capacity was needed.
Pictured is a solar installation consisting of 78 Sharp 240 watt panels connected to 3 S.M.A. 6kW inverters. The project was done for the City of Sandusky on the equipment building of its Greenhouse complex. It is used in part as a teaching display for local school children.
The Edison Solar team installed a 4,700 watt ground mount solar electric system in Milan township. The event was an educational occasion for local high school students who participated in the installation of the solar panels.
The students got first hand knowledge of the components of a solar system and how electricity can be produced from the sun.
In a second phase to the already existing 20 Sharp 235 watt panels pictured, Edison Solar added 39 Sharp 240 watt panels, resulting in total of 14,060 watts.
This installation features the Edison Solar "sturdy rack" and will supply approximately 100% of the power at the Milan residence during 7 months of the year.
The dedication ceremony of the solar power electricity system at Precision Paving was attended by many people even though a winter storm warning was posted. However, neither snow nor ice stopped featured speaker U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur from driving from Toledo to attend. Shortly before the event began, the electricity from First Energy failed. Undeterred the event continued in semi-darkness.
The 11,232 watt array consisted of fifty-two Sharp 216 watt solar panels and two SMA inverters. Edison Solar installers braved late fall snows to have the system operational before Federal tax credits were initially intended to expire.
Rep. Kaptur is pulling the disconnect lever to start the flow of clean electricity into the First Energy grid. (left to right) U.S.D.A. Rep. John Miller, State Representative Dennis Murray; Mrs. Kaptur; Edison Solar engineer Carl Scheutzow, Erie County Commissioners Monaghan and Shenigo.