Homeowner Story: Sheila Silva
The key to a secure retirement
Electricity is life
Sheila Silva has lived in Salem, Oregon since 2014. She learned from her experiences how difficult it is to live through a power outage and found a way to prepare for it: a solar system.
Products Installed: Q.HOME⁺ ESS HYB-G1
System Size: 9.6 kW
Installer: DPI Solar
Est. Cost Savings: $1,180/yr
Est. CO₂ Savings: 15,624lb/yr
Oregon is well known for it’s beautiful outdoors. The state leans progressive, expresses its passion towards environmental issues, and is also a home to those who like to live at their own pace. Sheila Silva works as an actuary in Salem, south of Portland. She had horrible experiences with natural disasters that caused power outages like the ice storm in 1998 that left her without power for 10 days. Another ice storm in February 2021 brought another 10 days without power which stopped every single device that functioned with electricity such as her septic tank, geothermal heating system and induction system. It was a nightmare.
Sheila was thinking about installing solar, but she was skeptical as well. Oregan is covered with clouds more than half of the year. This was why she was doubtful whether she would completely get out of the fear of a power outage and if she would receive the right amount of power that she wanted.
Sheila’s property is around 2 acres. The problem is that she uses a lot of electric products such as automated curtains, home security system, wifi, geothermal heating system, septic tank, and electric well. She also works from home which makes electricity even more important. Without electricity, her entire life will stop and this is why she has developed an interest in solar.
She made a contact with DPI Solar, a local installer. DPI Solar’s employees were all licensed electricians and explained the entire installation process in a friendly and detailed manner. Most importantly, they had a framework where she could manually adjust the solar panel positioning, which was something installers didn’t offer.
DPI Solar analyzed her electric bill to estimate her power usage. Based on those numbers, they advised Sheila on the number of panels she would need to produce the amount of energy she needed. When they recommended Qcells panels, Sheila accepted the offer because of its outstanding performance, and long warranty period.
In addition, Sheila has chose Qcells Q.Home energy storage solution because Q.Home includes a hybrid inverter, lithium-ion battery, a monitoring platform, and a 10 year warranty. For someone like Sheila who wanted to stop her constant fear about power outages, this solution was perfect.
After Sheila installed her solar system, not only she was reducing her electricity bill, but was also receiving tax benefits. However, the biggest benefit was the fact that she no longer had to worry about power outages. Since she is very much satisfied with her system, she plans to purchase an electric car next year and install a port for home charging.
Oregon has an incredibly beautiful environment. Most of the people who live here are passionate about taking care of and protecting the land and this is the same for Sheila. She believes that we as individuals should feel a strong responsibility towards nature and we should give this back to our next generation as well. This is not because Sheila is someone special, it is rather a basic courtesy that we all should follow as individuals in the 21st century.