Kozie Route Residence
Karin Kozie and Bill Route, owners, have a systems view of sustainability. They use active solar systems to generate electricity and to heat their domestic hot water; passive solar, super insulation, and thermal mass to reduce energy need; and pollinator gardens and wildlife plantings to offset habitat loss.
Their solar PV system was installed in January 2014 and is grid tied to their utility, Bayfield Electric Cooperative. The cost of electricity has been $0.00 since they went live (aside from a monthly charge for connection to the grid). The 30% federal tax credit was utilized and their estimated payback is 20-25 years.
A Sunny Boy inverter is included which allows up to 1,500 w of use during sunny periods in the event of a grid failure.
Type of system: Solar PV and solar thermal
System size: 3.05kW solar PV and a 64 sq. ft. solar thermal with 80 gallons of water storage
Installation information: SOLutions