Seven years of solar panels

Seven years ago, Matt and I decided to put solar panels on the barn. We felt like it would be a good investment (mostly Matt) and a way to do our part for the environment (mostly me). I feel like we’re fulfilling both of these goals.

Every spring (or summer when I forget), I run the numbers for our panels. Here is this year’s solar report.

If you need to get caught up, here are all of the previous updates and other details:

This year the panels generated the second largest amount of power ever. We made $5,036.38. (We’re hooked into the grid, and the province pays us $0.396 per kWh). We haven’t been over $5,000 since 2016-17. I wonder if this is perhaps an ominous sign that there are more sunny days due to global warming. I am happy that we have the solar panels to counteract our carbon footprint just a little.

Every year, we come out ahead in terms of what we spent on electricity versus what we made. This year, the total was $2,485.63 spent. With $5,036.38 earned, we had a $2,550.75 profit.

I always like to see how close we are to finally earning as much as we spent to install the panels ($40,727.46). This year, we’re three-quarters of the way there. $32,164.07 or 79% over the last seven years. I had originally estimated it would take 8.5 years to pay off the panels, and we seem to be on track for that.

Living at the farm, we’re close to nature and I feel strongly our environmental impact. I am grateful for the money the solar panels generate, and I’m grateful that we were able to make this choice for the planet.

Does anyone else track their utility bills and compare each year? How are you “going green” at your house?

4 thoughts on “Seven years of solar panels

  1. Congratulations Julia on your solar panel investment ! You and Matt had great vision for your property both from an economical and environmental standpoint. Well done !

    I can’t say I’ve been accomplished in going ‘green’ but do find satisfaction in making my own homemade yogurt and dark chocolate granola. Feels good to make something yourself that is from wholesome, basic ingredients and not store purchased.

    I enjoy reading your blog seeing all the different things you and Ellie are doing.

    Stay well and happy.

  2. You’re so close to paying them back! What a wise investment they were.
    I just came from reading your mudroom update. The mudroom looks wonderful! For some reason when I tried to comment there it told me I was lost. 😉

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