• Location:

    Oakton, VA

  • System Size:

    12.225 kW

  • Estimated Monthly Production:

    1,500 kWh

  • Projected Savings This Year:

    $2,106

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The Lavenues first became enamored of solar power when they were climbing in the Himalayan Mountains a few years ago. They were amazed that a single, collapsible solar panel (that could fit in a backpack) was all that was needed to power the expedition’s radios, laptops, and other emergency equipment.

Back home, the Lavenues did their homework and discovered that solar panels work just as impressively on rooftops in Virginia as on mountaintops in Tibet, and that federal and state rebates and tax credits covered a substantial part of the cost.

I did a lot of research on solar technology and knew that I wanted microinverters, so I narrowed my search for installers to those few offering microinverters with high efficient solar panels.

“I did a lot of research on solar technology,” said Lionel, “and knew that I wanted microinverters, so I narrowed my search for installers to those few offering microinverters with high efficient solar panels. Of those installers, what set Astrum Solar apart right away was the solar calculator on their website that allows you to input your information and get an instant ballpark quote.”

“I interviewed several installation companies,” he said, “and Astrum Solar clearly was the most technically advanced and the most professional. As a patent attorney, I particularly value technical sophistication and professionalism.”

The Lavenues’ solar panels were installed in late December, and by February (after the snow finally melted), the Lavenues saw dramatic results: their monthly electricity bill for February was $32 (normally, it’s several hundred dollars). The March bill was -$28 (yes, negative $28) and, even better, the bill in April was -$32 (another negative bill).

“We’re completely happy,” said Lionel. “The entire solar experience was better than we expected – the energy production as well as the ability to monitor. We were thrilled with the results. Sunny days always make us happy now, knowing that we’re saving money and saving resources – that’s a great thing.”

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