We have a 2nd group buying rooftop solar

Congratulations to the 14 households joining the clean energy revolution by electing the Northwest Philly Solar Co-op and Solar States for their rooftop solar installations. Soon, they’ll be making their own electricity!

Together, these systems total over 64 kW and should generate 75,935 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year. Based on the EPA’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, this should offset 124,588 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. That’s 56.5 metric tons! This is also equivalent to taking 12.1 passenger cars off the road, or the amount of CO2 sequestered by 66.6 acres of US forests. Hard to believe, right?

How soon might each household be making their own electricity? Though an installation may take only 2-3 days, the whole process from signing a contract to PECO “flicking” the switch could take 4 to 5 months. Because, in between, the installer (Solar States) applies and waits for approval from the utility (PECO) and the municipality (City of Philadelphia) before scheduling their own team for the install.  Once installed, both utility & municipality inspect the installer’s work and grant them permission to operate. So, expect an early summer switchover.

Our team at the Northwest Philly Solar Co-op will be tracking each install with weekly calls to the installer and updating the progress chart shown below.

Y – axis lists stages of installation. X – axis is count of households. Green = completed stage, Red = incomplete stage. This is a group process, not a competition. And we’ll be pushing to get each of your installations completed.

We want to hear from you, especially if you have any questions or surprises along the way. Please write nwphlsolar@gmail.com or call Marion Biddle (215.740.1080) or Meenal Raval (267.709.3415). And thank you for joining the rooftop revolution!