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June 7, 2015We're making, on average, 376 kWH of clean energy, monthly. 

Since installing our solar array in February 2012 we've generated over 19.7 MWh of electricity reducing our utility bills by over $3,359.  The system is connected to the Consumer's Energy grid which means our meter actually runs backwards on bright sunny days.  It's called "net-metering".   Overall, we generate more than one-third of our household electricity consumption, and we offset our carbon footprint.  

see the data!You can check the data for yourself:  click the sunny icon (left) to see the web-based data tracking.   You'll find we established our single best day:  29.745 KWh on Wednesday 4/23/14.   Ironically our previous record was set on the same day two years previously, 4/23/12:  29.724 KWh.   April, it turns out, is a very good month for solar generation.  

As the chart below illustrates, our solar array is most productive from March through October.  December and January are the least productive months for generating electricity in Michigan.   

Our daily energy production since 2012

Our installation photostory > 
Links to cool developments and growing potential for solar power:
    solar roadways and parking lots >
    hype-version "solar-freaking-roadways" >
a little bomb - see Mike's latest comment >

If some foreign country had dropped 20,000 bombs on the USA do you think we'd notice?
see Mike's latest comment >

What happened to the "blog"?  Too much spam.  Given the political landscape in this country, one more ranting voice is certainly not going to make a difference.  I'll continue to write an occasional piece under the heading above: "issues & thoughts". 
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