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Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Brandywine, Maryland

MSSI Logo Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Brandywine, Maryland

Living in a neighborhood with an HOA that was concerned about the aesthetics and glare coming off of solar arrays. we were happy to offer our Triple Black panels; all of our panels are glare-proof, but the Triple Blacks are all black. Typical panels have a white back sheet and the silicon that has a blue cast to it. The Triple Blacks have a black back sheet, black frame and use a black silicon. 

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This is a 7.54 kW system that has produced 20.18 MWh since being installed in December 2014. 

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Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Timonium, Maryland

MSSI Logo Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Timonium, Maryland

Online since October 2013, this 6.21 kW system has churned out a whopping 22.3 MWh, giving this homeowner of the satisfaction of saving 34,529 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere; equivalent to having planted 869 trees!

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Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Annapolis, Maryland

MSSI Logo Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Annapolis, Maryland

After reading an article about PV solar power in the magazine Fine Homebuilding, this homeowner was inspired to look at what solar could do for him. 

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With a projected 45% coverage of his electrical usage, this 5.4 array has produced 4.4 MWh of electricity since going on-line in April 2016. Since spring this year, this array has already saved 6,921 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere, an equivalent to 174 trees!

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Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Annapolis, Maryland

MSSI Logo Installation Pictures From The Sky: MSSI Installation in Annapolis, Maryland

 

This customer in Annapolis was looking to lower her high electric bills due to her hobby as an aquarist; her fish tanks were driving up her usage. Interested in high-quality equipment that will stand the test of time, she opted to go with MSSI and our commitment to using the highest-quality and incredibly well-vetted equipment.

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Working diligently, we designed a 7.8 kW system that would cut about a quarter of her electrical usage. Since inception in December 2015, this system has generated a total of 8.62 MWh of electricity, equal to having planted 336 trees and saving 13,343 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere.

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Solar-Friendly Shade Options

MSSI Logo    Creating Solar-Friendly Shade

Earlier this year, we explored small trees and large shrubs that create solar-friendly shade. Today, we’re going to look at how to create that much needed, yet solar-friendly shade directly on the walls of your home during those “dog days of summer.” First, we’ll talk a little bit about passive solar design principles. Then vines that can be used in conjunction with structures to create even more shade. In either case, the goal here is to create protective shading on your home that will not interfere with your solar panels.

Use Passive Solar Design

Passive solar design seeks to use what we know about the sun’s angle to our homes during each season and using that knowledge to our advantage. Utilize passive solar front porch roof structures, pergolas, arbors, awnings or other horizontal measures to shade the front; use them to shade windows, walls and doors in the summer while allowing winter sun to hit these surfaces and warm up the home.

When building a shade pergola for a conventional home using passive solar design techniques angle the slats to allow winter sun in and to block summer sun from coming in. The picture below is a good illustration of the concept.

Use a similar approach when installing an overhang. Overhangs should be long enough that they keep the high summer sun from coming in, but short enough to allow the lower winter sun to stream into your home. One could design an entire set of pergolas, overhangs and window awnings that allow for plenty of direct light in the wintertime, while allowing none during the summer!

Using Vines To Create Living Barriers To The Sun

While there are great many vines out there that we associate with being nuisances (Japanese Honeysuckle and Kudzu are two that come to mind), there are plenty of native, non-invasive vines that are quite polite, are beneficial for local pollinators and “play nice” with neighboring plants and structures.

Lonicera Sempervirens, Coral Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle is a high-climbing, twining vine 3-20 ft. long, with gorgeous red flowers appearing in mid-spring. Hummingbirds adore this plant. Full sun, clay soil is well tolerated and is semi-evergreen.

Aristolochia macrophylla, Pipevine

Pipevine, also known as Dutchman’s Pipe is a fun vine with unusually-shaped flowers that is deciduous and looses its leaves in the winter. Larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail. Sun to part-shade, fast-growing and likes moist soil.

Passiflora incarnata, Purple Passionflower

Passionflower is well-known for its exotic flowers, but less known as a native plant! A sun lover and a fan of clay soil, Passionflower is a larval host for six different species of butterfly!

Using plants for shade is not only functional, but is also gorgeous and a great option for protecting and providing habitat for our pollinators!

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