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First Home Powered by the Sun in Mason
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 18, 2014

Mason County Habitat for Humanity completed the first Solar PV (photovoltaic) system powered home in the city of Mason.

The house, located on Merrill St. was constructed to the latest green building standards and to the 2102 building code energy requirements.

The solar system consists of fourteen solar panels mounted on the roof facing south with a combined output of 3.5KW. Each panel has its own micro inverter that produces 230V AC power that is fed into the electrical box in the house.

Thanks to the city of Mason for their support in setting up the necessary Interconnection Agreement that allows residents of Mason to connect solar systems to the electrical grid of the city.

Because the solar system is directly connected to the electrical system of the city, it is termed “Grid Tie”. This produces power for the home during the day, and pushes the excess power to the city of Mason power grid creating a power credit for the homeowner.

The size of the system was based on calculations and data from other habitat homes. It produces enough energy during a year to offset the homeowner’s electrical usage.

Stephanie Sparks is the owner of the new Habitat house. She signed the Interconnected Agreement with the city of Mason on Tuesday, June 11, 2014. Since her home is all electric and 100% of the power comes from the sun, it is considered net-zero and Stephanie’s electric bill will average $0.

The purchase and installation of this solar system was made possible through private donations from various individuals, in kind donations from Hill Country Solar, and the hard work of Mason County Habitat for Humanity volunteers under the leadership of Keith Kaan and Hill Country Solar.

The city Administrator John Palacio, Habitat home designer and building supervisor Keith Kaan, Habitat administrative assistant Cathy Terrell and three representatives of Hill Country Solar were present when Stephanie Sparks signed the contract and the house was switched over to solar power.

For more information about Mason County Habitat for Humanity and their GREEN building projects please go to www.masoncountyhfh.org

A big thank you to all who made this momentous occasion possible.

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