Lighthouse Solar worked with the Shannon Family in 2015 to plan and install a solar system to move them beyond dependence on outside utilities for electricity and propane to run and heat their home.
Jon, Amelia and Judd, along with 2 dogs and a cat, live in a 2,200 square foot house and chose to invest in a 12 KW DC solar system that offsets more than 100% of their electricity bill.
The 40-LG 300 watt AC Modules have also provided enough electricity to effectively heat their home in the winter, allowing them to remove the propane heater and the monthly propane bill.
They were able to finance the entire system with a Dividend Solar loan that provides them with a performance guarantee and has netted them $65 in monthly savings. This means that after the savings in their electricity and making their loan payment, they are $65 ahead every month.
The Shannon family worked with Lighthouse to develop their sustainability plans for their West Austin property. “Since we purchased the property we planned on installing solar and rain water collection, solar came first.”
The benefits of the solar system have allowed them to realize further plans. The Shannon’s replaced their existing propane heat with a new electric heat pump, which has resulted in an additional $35 a month savings in the winter in offset propane bills. These combined savings have moved them closer to realizing additional savings and freedoms in their transportation choices and their living spaces. The Shannon’s are working to accommodate their family’s growth and are planning for Amelia’s electric vehicle.
Lighthouse Solar worked closely with Jon and Amelia to integrate the system into their home’s appearance. The array fits well with roofline and the design of the home and even enhances the low slope of their long metal roof. When we asked them about the way they looked Jon commented, “I feel good about the way they look and especially about being part of the solution. They fit our house, property and plan for the future. Sometimes you forget you have solar until you don’t get a bill.”