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  • Location:

    Hummelstown, PA

  • System Size:

    10.85 kW

  • Estimated Monthly Production:

    1,023 kWh

  • Projected Savings This Year:

    $1,684

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The Mountains have always been interested in solar energy, but years ago, when they looked into going solar the technology wasn’t there. Then when it was, the costs were way too high. Last year, when the Pennsylvania utility rate caps came off and they saw their electricity rate increase 32%, the Mountains looked again. They moved quickly when they learned about the Pennsylvania state rebate program to take advantage of the grant before the rebate amount declined. Together with the Solar Renewable Energy Credits and the now cap-free Federal tax credit, they figure their solar investment will payback within 3 ½ - 4 years.

Astrum Solar was the one. With Astrum everything, even the paperwork, was included in the price; other companies had extras I had to pay for.

Brian found Astrum Solar on a site listing solar companies, and he was impressed by its track record and large number of home installations. “The company website blew me away. It explained everything and even had a calculator with all the incentives,” said Brian. “I got four estimates and it came down to price and responsiveness, and Astrum was the one. With Astrum everything, even the paperwork, was included in the price; other companies had extras I had to pay for. And if I had questions, Astrum got back to me right away; others, when I asked a question, didn’t get back to me for days.”

Brian looks at his system performance monitor every day, as does his neighbor, Steve, who also used Astrum Solar to install a system on his home. “We call each other every day to see how much energy we each produced,” explains Brian. “Now I can afford to keep some of our luxuries because we got solar. It is definitely going to make it less painful to use our hot tub in the winter.”

The Mountains’ first electric bill with solar showed zero usage and included only an $8.45 service charge; and even better, with their investment in solar, they are now insulated from all future utility rate increases. “Here we are generating our own electricity and now who cares how high the electric rates go up,” say Brian.

 

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