Peter Darlington
Peter Darlington says the $40,000 cost of mechanical work and solar panels will more than pay for itself over the next 25 years. Credit: CBC News

Peter Darlington, a homeowner in Calgary added solar panels to his garage roof and four inches of “super insulation” around his home. This makes his home a net zero energy solar home. This also means that the home produces more electricity than it uses in the warmer months.

“I was aware of how easy it would be to hyper-insulate the building. It just kinda made sense to lock down my energy prices for the coming 25, 30 years,” he told CBC Calgary News at 6.

He spent $40,000 for the solar panels and mechanical work to remove all natural gas elements to make the home strictly electric.

He usually paid $200 per month for energy consumption, but now, he is selling surplus electricity back to the grid.

“If the energy price goes up, then obviously the returns will be much quicker,” he said. “I think a lot of people will be moving this way going forward. It certainly makes a lot of sense.”

H/T: CBC News

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has 8+ years of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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