Wordless Wednesday: Hidden Solar Panels

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Solar Panels Green County WI

Photographed in rural Green County Wisconsin west of Clarno, July 2007 at friends' farm after we had a weekend project putting in solar panels for their electric car.  All rights reserved.  Have you found all the hidden pockets of green and alernative energy sources in Green County?  Probably not.  There are more than you'd expect!

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Brenda Carus
Towne Square Realty
Certified EcoBroker, Re/Max Green Agent
Monroe Area Real Estate

Looking for a place to live a real life? Know your neighbors, eat local, abandon your commute, be part of a community - come to Green County. Whatever your preference is, we have it all from surprisingly urban to truly rural and everything in between.

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Heather Chavez
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I bet those are under a mountain of snow now, Brenda!  Right?  How do solar panels work in the dark winter days?  I've always wondered.

Feb 10, 2010 03:59 PM #1
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Jeff Dugan
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Ridley Township, PA

I  would love to have solar panels i priced my house looking at 40 grand. only way I would benfit would be on the sale of my home.

Jeff Dugan

Feb 10, 2010 10:25 PM #2
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Rob Thomas
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What happens when they are covered with snow? Hope you have a great day!

Feb 10, 2010 11:16 PM #3
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Debi Boucher
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Hi Brenda - I have the same question about cloudy days and snow. How long do the panels store the energy needed?

Debi

Feb 11, 2010 01:51 AM #4
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William Johnson
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Hello Brenda, Catchy title . Here would be my impression for a title. " Hidden in Plain View". No matter where these solar panels are, if the energy is free and renewable it is definitely " all good".

Feb 11, 2010 02:27 AM #5
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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

The angle of the panels combined with the fact that panels face south (most snow comes from north and west) keeps them pretty free of snow.  A low array like this one is subject to snow piling up around it, though.

This particular array is used to charge the batteries in a vintage CitiCar, which our friends use for short trips in the warmer months, along with other battery operated equipment.  They were thinking of channeling unused energy to their solar powered straw bale greenhouse, but I'm not sure if that happened yet.  These friends own an eco-B&B (Inn Serendipity), obtaining their electricity from a wind-turbine, using solar to heat their water, and with another array of PV panels that provide power to the greenhouse.

Feb 11, 2010 03:35 AM #6
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Diane Williams
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After taking a look at my last heating bill, I need to install the solar panels!

Feb 11, 2010 08:17 AM #7
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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I could use some sun right now, snow and winter are overrated! Anything to lower energy bills is a plus in my book!

Feb 11, 2010 12:46 PM #8
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Stephen Kappre
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I can barely see them.

Feb 11, 2010 01:35 PM #9
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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this is excellent! bet it comes in handy when the monthly bill comes in?

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Feb 12, 2010 12:44 PM #10
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