18th Annual National Solar Tour

Clubs and Organizations

September 13, 2013

Canton House Has New Heating and Cooling Technologies

A Canton home with a large new solar electric installation and exciting new heating and cooling technologies will be open for free tours as part of the 18th annual National Solar Tour. The homeowners, as well as People’s Action for Clean Energy, Sierra Club volunteers and solar installers will explain and answer questions about the home’s grid-tied and off-grid photovoltaics; passive solar; solar domestic hot water system and super-insulated green materials. Highly useful solar and other clean energy information will also be available.

A new 2013 “Solarize Canton” photovoltaic installation features 18 Sunpower 250-watt panels which are leaders in the industry and are more than 20 percent efficient. The Daikin super-efficient air source heating, cooling and humidity-controlling system uses no conventional fuel, greatly reducing energy consumption. An expert from Ross Solar Group will explain this system. The 2000 photovoltaic installation at this site consists of 40 Astropower 110-watt photovoltaic modules with a maximum output of 4400 watts. Zomeworks trackers on three pole mounts follow the path of the sun, moving from east to west. Because the PV system is connected to the electric power grid by the Connecticut Light and Power intertie system, when the PV panels produce more electricity than the house and associated buildings need, the excess electricity goes through the utility grid to neighboring homes. The homeowners are then paid for this electricity by the utility.

Visitors will also see the owners’ 2013 electric plug-in hybrid Prius. So far, the car has traveled 850 miles using solar energy and just one tank of gas. An electric Tesla automobile will also be on exhibit.
This unique home uses solar irrigation, a patio pool solar pump and solar hot water systems; energy-efficient appliances, a wood stove and window quilts. Many other earth-friendly practices include the use of LED bulbs; a sun tube; an organic garden and an aquaculture pond. To reach the home, turn north onto Lawton Road at the intersection of routes 44 and 177. Travel for .8 mile, bearing left at the fork. Turn right at the top of the hill onto the dirt driveway and follow the parking signs, or park on Lawton Road.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

To learn about other buildings that are part of the National Solar Tour, see www.pace-cleanenergy.org; www.solarconnecticut.org; www.nesea.org or www.ases.org.