Rooftop Solar Partners with Habitat for Humanity

Rooftop Solar is excited to announce our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and their Starter Home Project. A direct response to Flagstaff’s housing crisis, the home is the first in the program and can be seen on the northwest corner of Butler and O’Leary in Flagstaff.

The Starter Home project is a campaign by Habitat for Humanity to create sustainable, affordable housing. The best part is that Habitat for Humanity has devised a system of homeownership where homeowners receive equity in the home each year they live there. Homeowners will earn $10,000 back each year for 10 years, allowing them to save for their second home.

Rooftop Solar is donating a solar system valued at close to $11,000. It will provide a 130% offset of an average homeowner’s energy use, leaving the new Starter Home’s owner with no electricity bill and possibly a utility credit! Over the guaranteed life of the system, the homeowner will save about $12,500. The energy produced by the system has the carbon-reducing power of planting 1,530 trees!

Rooftop Solar is very proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and of our ability to give back to the Flagstaff community this way. It’s a perfect fit! Watch for the news of many more Starter Home projects in the near future.

System size: 1.74 kW DC

Number of panels: 6

Panel brand and wattage: REC 290

Inverter type: Enphase IQ 7 Plus Microinverters

Features: Online monitoring portal, 30-year warranty covering parts and service

 

System Value
Energy Offset 130% annually
Energy Harvest 3,122 kWh/year
Annual Consumption 2,410 kWh/year
Financial Impact
Year 1 Savings $437.08
30-Year Savings $12,479.70
15-Year Payback 117%
30-Year Payback 287%
Environmental Impact
Carbon Offset 131,124 pounds of CO2
The equivalent of trees planted 1,530
The equivalent of miles driven 140,490

 

Andy V, Flagstaff, AZ

System Size: 9.3 kW

Module Type: REC 290 / 32

Inverter:  Fronius Primo

 

What was your main motivation to go solar?

While I appreciate the value of renewable/green energy, my main motivation was financial. This solar installation alone was pretty good value, but the tax credit makes it a financial no-brainer. My tax credit was large enough that I was able to replace my home appliances and heating with electric and also buy a cheap electric car. And now the payments I am making on the solar loan are significantly less than what I was paying for heating gas, car fuel, and electricity put together.

What is the best part of having solar? 

I love looking out the window at the solar panels soaking in the sunshine. Here in Arizona, we love our few rainy and snowy days, but now seeing my panels drink in the photons is a great feeling too. When I first got the solar installed, I would keep the app up on my screen and see realtime how much energy we were pulling down. The second best part is watching the credits pile up on my APS “bill.”

What was the most enjoyable part of the process of going solar?

Some people may want to get into a lot of the technical details about panel types, placements, etc. I, however, preferred to have the Rooftop engineers and techs come up with the best solutions. They would give me all the plan details, but I happily deferred to their expertise and let them do all the work. They did a fantastic job, and I have no regrets whatsoever.

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