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  • Location:

    Vienna, VA

  • System Size:

    5.425 kW

  • Estimated Monthly Production:

    452 kWh

  • Projected Savings This Year:

    $635

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When Rhonda was about 10 years old, she read an article in Ranger Rick magazine about cool things to look forward to in the future. One of them was solar energy. And so was born a desire for solar panels that was finally fulfilled when Astrum Solar put panels on her home last October.

"I remember nagging my parents about getting solar panels,” said Rhonda. “But at the time, it was very expensive. And, there were not a lot of sunny days in Michigan, where I grew up.

Years passed, and Rhonda became an electrical engineer, and more enamored of solar than ever, especially when she learned how simply and elegantly it all worked. But with the high costs, panels still remained out of reach. Finally, a few months ago, Rhonda saw that her wait was over: prices had come down, there were tax breaks (Federal rebates and generous Virginia grants) and the payback was good. “I told my husband that I wanted solar panels as my Christmas, anniversary and birthday presents. It was what I wanted.”

We chose Astrum Solar for two reasons. One was that they were the only ones who used microinverters, which are more efficient in creating energy, and the other was that they were straightforward and honest − they didn't oversell or undersell.

The Eldridges did a web search for solar installers and had six companies come to their home for site visits and to provide estimates. “We chose Astrum Solar for two reasons,” said Rhonda. “One was that they were the only ones who used microinverters, which are more efficient in creating energy, and the other was that they were straightforward and honest – they didn’t oversell or undersell. It was very comfortable dealing with them.”

The Eldridges were very impressed with the installation process. “Astrum Solar really had it together,” said Rhonda. “They were very professional and they clearly knew what they were doing. There were no issues. And, they were very nice people.”

Rhonda’s husband, Noel, is equally enthusiastic about being solar, but for different reasons. “He’s less tree-hugging than I am, “said Rhonda. “He’s much more into the data and the statistics. He checks the performance monitor every day. He has sent the link to all his friends. Apparently, everyone needs to know how much power the Eldridges’ system is producing!”

Rhonda is just happy to have a solar home, finally.

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