Posted by: runuphill | April 22, 2009

Powered by the Sun!


What better day to turn the switch on a new PV (photovoltaic) array than Earth Day.  Well, on 4/22/2009 I did just that.  I am now the proud new owner of a 2.8kW (14 panels, each 200 W) grid-tie system.  This is something that I have wanted to do for years and then about 2 months ago everything started to fall into place.  I found panels for a great price ($3.25/Watt), the incentives were good enough, AND Rocky Mtn power changed their buy-back policy to “full retail”, which means that they buy it from me at the same rate that I buy it from them. 

update : as of 5/22/209 (one month after going “live”) I have overproduced (produced more than I use) 100 kW-hr!  Not a big deal in terms of $$$, but the point is that I am producing more electricity than I am using.  woohoo!

pictures here.  A more detailed story soon.


  1. Hi, Jared! My husband and I are interested in building a net zero, passive solar home in the next couple of years. My uncle told me about you and I thought you might be a good resource. We’d love to know more about your experience and any advice you’d have. Thanks!

  2. Jared, your efforts and this post are still inspiring. I’ve thought about your efforts many times in dreaming of buying a house the past 14 months. Now, I’m thinking of building one and it’s even more pertinent. Thanks!

    • Bryon, any time you want help planning/design a PV system, just say the word! 🙂 Jared

      On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM, Jared Campbell's Blog wrote:


  3. So, a year later how’s it working out?

    Looking to do a smaller scale version in the 9th and 9th area, but it would be great to hear about how it’s working out for your system.

    any unexpected maintenance throughout this year?

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