Columbia Home Boasts Largest Residential Solar Panel System in City

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 28 2013 Nov 28, 2013 Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:14:00 PM CST November 28, 2013 in News
By: Caroline Hecker, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - All it took was one flip of a switch for Ava Fajen and Scott Christianson to become solar powered.

In late October the couple installed 24 solar panels on their home, making it the largest solar panel system in the city.

The system is rated at 5,640 watts and is expected to produce 100 percent of their electrical usage. The annual return on investment for the system is estimated at 12 percent.

"We started looking into it this summer and learned how simple it was to install the panels," he said. "We plan on staying in this home for many more decades and we'd like to do our part to help the planet."

Christianson and Fajen partnered with Tom O'Connor, owner of H20'C Engineering.
Originally, O'Connor designed a 12-panel system with a 7 percent annual return on investment.

However, since Christianson and Fajen were able to install the panels themselves, they were able to invest in a bigger system.

"I've always had a do-it-yourself kind of personality," Christianson said. "When we saw how easy it is to install the panels on the roof, I had a few friends come over and the installation only took about three days."

The city meter placed on the outside of the home differs for homes sporting solar panels. The meter measures how many kilowatt hours the city delivers to the home and the number of kilowatt hours the home has left over after using its required power-which in turn is sent back to the city.

If the home sends the city more kilowatt hours than the city delivers to it, the homeowner receives a credit. This credit can be used at night, for example, when the panels are not generating power.

A 30% Federal Tax Credit is given to homeowners who install solar panel systems.

In addition, Columbia Water and Light offers a rebate of about fifty cents per kilowatt.

"The money from the federal tax credit comes back into our community, which is a benefit," O'Connor said. "It's rare you can spend money and then pull federal money back into the community."

The Federal Tax Credit will end starting in January of 2017.

Because of this, O'Connor says the price of solar panel systems will increase by one-third, which could affect people's willingness to invest in such a system.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens," O'Connor said. "Maybe groups who were unable to apply for the tax credit will begin to take advantage of the surplus in supply," he said.

For now, O'Connor says the biggest factor when people are considering investing in a system is finances.

"Money is a big factor for most people, obviously," O'Connor said. "But depending on the home, investing in one of these systems may be a good financial decision in the long run."

More News

Grid
List
HERMANN - One person was killed in a crash involving a trolley, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Sgt.... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 6:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns. Hy-Vee said its supplier,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 4:53:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:41:35 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, reaffirmed their opposition to the three... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Project Homeless Connect provided services Friday for people who are experiencing homelessness... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 12:10:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police want the public's help finding a man who allegedly ran from a traffic stop after hurting... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 11:42:00 AM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Two MU residence halls and an atrium were officially dedicated on Friday honoring three former MU students. Lucile... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 10:09:00 AM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 9:58:13 AM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
11pm 40°
12am 39°
1am 37°
2am 36°