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  • Location:

    Washington, DC

  • System Size:

    5.04 kW

  • Estimated Monthly Production:

    420 kWh

  • Projected Savings This Year:

    $791

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Melinda knew a lot about solar energy by the time she and her husband put solar panels on their home in late 2009. A design manager for the Smithsonian Institution, for many years Melinda incorporated solar design into all of her architectural projects in Hawaii and Panama, and had long been ready to go solar herself.

"My interest in solar is both environmental and economic," said Melinda. "I want to make as much energy as possible and use as little as possible. As an architect, I thought our home would be a good example of a solar home – it’s a compact, efficient house and solar panels could generate a good percentage of our energy."

"Until recently, solar panels have not been very affordable," she said. "But when Washington, D.C. started its rebate program last year, it seemed like the right time to go solar. With rebates, our system will pay for itself in only four years!"

I chose Astrum Solar because they came across as being the most knowledgeable. As an architect, I could tell they knew how to specify and design systems.

Melinda interviewed several solar installers before selecting Astrum Solar. "I chose Astrum Solar because they came across as being the most knowledgeable. As an architect, I could tell they knew how to specify and design systems. They also ran cost analyses and payback scenarios for us on a variety of options, which was very helpful," said Melinda. "And, I liked their ‘soup to nuts’ offering – they handle everything, including the paperwork for the government rebates."

"Working with Astrum Solar was fantastic. I highly recommend them. They take you through the whole process (which can be very complicated) from the beginning to the end."

Melinda’s perspective on going solar: "I think everyone should do it!"

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