West Side Rejuvenation Continues With Completed Solar Installation Project

In their first venture into the realm of solar installations, CIR Electrical Construction Company recently completed a grid-connected Solar Electric Photovoltaic (PV) system on a house on Winter Street.

CIR Electrical joined forces with PUSH Buffalo to help create this NetZero, self-sustaining residence.  The home, which is located only a few blocks away from the Massachusetts Avenue residence that was featured on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, will be yet another step in transforming the West side.

“These solar electric systems are on the cutting edge of green power technology,” said Craig Bongiovanni, sustainable projects administrator. “I’m sure we’re just scratching the surface with this project, and there’ll be plenty more like this down the line.” Working alongside Triangle Electrical Systems of Plattsburgh, NY, CIR helped design the installation which will integrate into the existing electrical grid.  This way, the existing grid will still generate power on cloudy days as needed.  However, the PV system also has the potential to generate a surplus of power.  In that case, the excess energy will be returned to the grid and the customer will receive a credit on their account.

“PV systems really benefit everyone involved” said Bongiovanni. “The more self-sustaining homes we have, the better it is for the community and the environment.  We’re excited that CIR is able to be part of this movement.”

CIR Electrical currently has three employees who are trained in PV installation.  This allows the company to be listed on NYSERDA’s eligible PV installer list, which will open up opportunities for more projects like this in the future.  CIR hopes to continue to offer these energy-efficient installations to homes and businesses in the area.

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5 comments
justcurious
justcurious

There's been a fair amount of press regarding this "netzero" renovation on Winter Street. In respect to how the property's various energy-conserving strategies might apply to those of use with houses of a similar age and condition (that is, condition similar to the Winter house prior to its various upgrades in-progress), does PUSH provide any detailed cost benefit analysis of the energy upgrades they are employing? I would be interested in how long the payback is on the PV installation, especially if one doesn't factor in any special rebates/grants/donations not readily available to the average homeowner.

KeepItSimple
KeepItSimple

>Is there a way to store the extra electricity in a home

In England, many years ago, the flat I rented was heated with electric heaters that retained heat in thermal bricks when electricity was cheap and turned "on". The simple system continued to gave heat off when the electricity was expensive and turned off. "Smart meters" as it were, containing only a simple timer. Europeans use 1/2 the energy we do.

grad94
grad94

sorry to be a self-appointed copy editor but check your headline. it is rejuvenation, not rejeuvenation.

Eisenbart
Eisenbart

Depending on which electric company you use why do these electric companies purchase your extra electric on sunny days and then sell it back to you the next day on a cloudy day for 10 times the cost of the power you sold it to them? Is there a way to store the extra electricity in a home instead of selling it to the electric company for pennies on the dollar?

It kind of bothers me a little when subsidies are involved in utilities. I feel like it's a giant scam.

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