Homeowner Story: Laurel Passera
A better future for our children
Raleigh, North Carolina
Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value
Laurel Passera lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has installed a solar power system on her house with a certainty, “Tomorrow might be too late.”
Products Installed: Q.PEAK DUO L-G8
System Size: 8.8 kW
Installer: NC Solar Now
Est. Cost Savings: $1,496/yr
Est. CO₂ Savings: 21,248lb/yr
North Carolina, along with Florida and Texas, is one of the states suffers the most damage from hurricanes. They have become more intense due to accelerated global warming, causing more damage. Laurel Passera is a local of North Carolina who has spent most of her life in this region. However, she feels things are getting worse every year; air quality is getting worse, and hurricanes occasionally destroy their livelihood. It appears to be natural for Laurel to become more interested in the environmental issues.
She started turning her eco-consciousness into actions; she worked in and around the solar industry for about 15 years and became a lifelong environmentalist. Reducing her carbon footprint was one of her commitments to make things right and she finally decided to go solar. Despite Laurel and her husband shared very different views in a lot of respects, he supported her decision with the benefit of being self-reliant in energy. He wanted the security of knowing that the family would have a power source to take care of their children even in emergencies, such as blackouts. There was no doubt that solar panels would be the perfect solution for all, Passera family.
Laurel installed 8.84 kW solar battery panels on their 3,000 square foot (approximately 278 ㎡) house–a big scale for a residential solar installation. She was in need of a system with substantial energy capacity to cover her entire house which was broken up into three different zones with separate air conditioning units for each. In addition, her electric vehicle would take a considerable part in energy consumption.
Laurel made a contact with NC Solar Now, one of local solar system provider in town. As a part of installation process, they went through details of how much electrical power would be needed for her house, on what scale of the system she would need, and tips to choose good panels with a reliable solar manufacturer. After much contemplation, she finally came to the conclusion that Qcells would meet her standards overall.
First of all, the design of Qcells’ panel was sleek and beautiful that the panels looked aesthetically pleasing on their garage roof had recently been built.
Moreover, the fact that Qcells panels are made in Georgia, which is close to North Carolina, has had a big influence on her decision too because she has wanted to choose a product with a company that could benefit the local economy.
Then, the actual installation process was pretty much seamless. NC Solar Now gave her estimated timelines for each step of the process in advance, and nonetheless, made rapid progress than expected. Once the panels had been installed, her utility came out and her meter was changed out. Power was immediately produced with no interruption of service, and she could keep a track of how much power each panel was producing right away.
During summer, Laurel usually paid about $200 per month for electricity, but it was down to $42 last August. There has been a meaningful drop by 75%, given the fact electric bills are higher in summer with air conditioning. Once summer ends, her electric bill will gradually down that she expects it to be even lower to $20.