Culture Connect Featured Event

Solar Tour - Canton, CT - October 6, 2012
Ticket Price: Free

Saturday, October 6 - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A Canton home with a large solar electric installation will be open for free tours of its energy-saving technologies as part of the 17th annual National Solar Tour. The homeowners and People’s Action for Clean Energy volunteers will explain and answer questions about the home’s grid-tied and off-grid photovoltaics, daylighting and solar domestic hot water system. Highly useful solar and other clean energy information will also be available.

The 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.

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. 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.

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