WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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CAROLYN S. ELLIS writer Sun's Up SOLAR RENEWABLE ENERG Y IS HERE are you intrigued with the idea of harnessing sunlight to power the necessities and comforts of modern life? Would you like to lower your family's fossil fuel consumption and join people around the globe who make use of solar energy? Almost two dozen Wellesley and Weston homeowners have gone renewable, with solar photo- voltaic (PV) systems. They have installed arrays on their rooftops, porches, and barns and take delight in watching their electric meters run backward on a sunny day and in electric bills that are a fraction of what they were. Henry Stone and Nina Danforth are concerned about their carbon footprint and believe decisions large and small make a difference. They hang laundry out to dry, raise hens and two bulls, and recycle. 114 Their circa-1900 farmhouse in Weston overlooks Land's Sake Farm with a wide view of sky and distant trees. "The sun is on our roof from sunrise to sunset," Danforth says. "It would be a waste of sun- shine not to do solar." With a four-page product comparison in Home Power Magazine as a guide, Stone identified solar PV panels that would have minimal visual impact on the cottage and its historic and scenic surroundings. Rebates and other incentives cinched the couple's decision. In 2008 Real Goods Solar (formerly Alteris Renewables) installed a 5 kilowatt (kW) system comprising 20 plain, black panels, placed parallel and tight to the roof. No structural reinforcement was needed and cables were concealed. WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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