The city of St. Louis has its first net-zero residence. When Jim and Phyllis Young put solar panels on their home, Microgid Energy informed them that they were actually generating energy that gets put back on the electrical grid, making theirs the first net-zero home in the city.
The accomplishment, reported in a Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch article, is just one of a number of solar projects the city of Saint Louis hopes to see in the coming years. Some generous incentives that can reduce the upfront costs of solar by as much as 75 percent, according to officials at Microgrid Energy – the company that installed the Young’s solar installation – accompanied this project.
The Young’s solar project includes a 3.36 kilowat (KW) solar array. The high tech solar panels are combined on the roof of the couple’s historic Victorian home. Each month, the Young’s electric bill will be credited for the amount of solar power their house puts back on the grid. Microgrid noted that this installation “puts energy on the grid via an interconnection agreement which allows your meter to spin forwards and backwards…[this project] evenly went forward and backwards over the course of 12 months, thus making it net-zero.”
Microgrid Energy is based in the Midwest and provides building energy performance services, renewable energy and energy efficiency consulting and installation services for commercial and residential clients.