for the 2012 tour
2012 Hampton Roads Solar Tour
2012 Solar Home Tour -
SouthSide, 6 October 2012
Intro and map –
Richard Good of Solar Services will be giving
a special presentation on solar energy at 9 AM
Richard Good of Solar Services will be giving a special presentation on solar energy at 9 AM
Features: PV system, daylighting, reused materials, eco-friendly décor, EcoGarden, straw-bale room.
PV system provides approximately 40% of the Center’s electrical needs. Four sun tubes and numerous windows take advantage of day-lighting. Reused materials were utilized throughout, including recycled linoleum, carpeting made of recycled plastic bottles, wallpaper from old posters and a hardwood floor reclaimed from an old pier. Low-flow faucets have been installed in each restroom, and programmable thermostats in two zones of the building help regulate heating/cooling for increased energy efficiency. The Center was recently painted with no-VOC paints. The EcoGarden showcases green gardening techniques - native plants, rain barrels, rain gardens, a compost demonstration area, a pervious paver walkway and passive heating/cooling through the use of vegetation. An office with three straw-bale walls is available for viewing, with displays to showcase the depth of insulation and the actual bales of straw.
2S. Team Tidewater Design Studio
Team Tidewater is a collaboration
“Team Tidewater again prepares to compete for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. The competition allows colleges to compete, design and build a solar home that is aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and cost effective. While briefly presenting the 2011 Unit 6 house, Team Tidewater will focus on the 2013 entry, Canopy House. The architectural design of the home incorporates Universal Design strategies, such as tactile displays, audio-visual and wheel chair accessibility. Passive design strategies, such as passive ventilation and daylighting, keep the interior of the house comfortable in a sustainable way. A unique and dominant feature of the house is its solar canopy. It is a covering that gives the Canopy House its name; reflecting natures own true forest canopy.”
Photo caption: “The Unit 6 house, Team Tidewater’s entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition.”
3S. McElroy Home - Features: solar hot water, PV system, a green roof and a rainwater cistern.
Pre-heat temperature of the solar hot water heater is 110F in the winter, over 140F in the summer. The panel system measures solar energy captured by the system. With the federal tax break, the renewable energy certificate (REC) and the offset of natural gas, the system should pay for itself within 7 years. The PV system makes 3400 W at peak sun and provides about 40% of monthly electric needs. The system should pay for itself within 11 years. The green roof should have a lifetime of over 50 years and saves about 20% of air-conditioning bill. The 3000-gallon cistern collects an estimated 80,000 gallons of rainwater per year. (More information at http://www.the-mcelroys.com/ourgreenhouse/
4S. Delhaise/Amundsen Home - This home has a PV solar electric system of 21 panels, large enough to nearly eliminate the electric bill from the utility. The home also has a Geo-Thermal heating and cooling system. This system replaces the downstairs furnace and air conditioner and pumps heat from the ground in the winter and cooling from the ground in the summer. There is also a solar water heater consisting of two collectors on the rear roof with the tank in the attic.
NOTE: only available from 10Am to 1PM
NOTE: only available from 10Am to 1PM
5S. Fitts House - Features: passive solar design.
This home was designed in 1978 for energy efficiency and focuses on passive solar heating. Large south-facing windows in most rooms bring sunlight and solar heat inside during winter months. Fixed overhangs shade these same windows in the summer months. At night and on cloudy days, insulated roller shades conserve energy loss thru the glass.
The property was a naturally landscaped garden prior to building the home and very little was disturbed to construct the home.
Since 1978, the heat pump HVAC heating and cooling system has been upgraded to a much more energy efficient model.
6S. Good Home - Features: PV system, solar hot water heat to home and pool.
One of the first grid tied systems
7S. Solar Services, Inc – Features: Solar PV, Solar hot water, Solar pool heating, High efficiency heat pumps, Gray-water recycling.
The PV system provides “net zero” electrical capability in this efficient building. There is a digital control system in the office remote from the system. A solar hot water system is installed in the office with BTU meter and digital control. This solar hot water system is the first in the country to be registered for the sale of renewable energy credits. For heating/cooling high efficiency mini split heat pump units were used. Recycled carpet and low VOC paints were applied when we finished out the building. We also have a demonstration gray-water recycling unit in the office and a demonstration roof is set up in the office to show a solar pool heating system.
8S. Kanz House - Features: Solar hot water, Solar pool heat.
Having solar hot water saves 1/3 off my gas bill and lowers my carbon footprint. I have more hot water then I have ever had. The solar pool heat extends my swimming season from April to October. Because my swim season is extended I get more pleasure from my investment.
Features: Passive house, Solar PV,
Solar Hot Water, Rainwater cistern,
Atmospheric Drinking Water Generator.
Exterior Insulated Roll Shutters
One or more white roll shutters can be
lowered to block summer sun if
One or more white roll shutters can be lowered to block summer sun if needed.
Jacobs House Continued
- 14 Canadian Solar, 200W
PV modules with Enphase M215
microinverters, were recently
installed (by Suntern Solar
on the office / garage building
adjacent to the house, with extra
support rails for future expansion
and testing of new CyboInverters and
higher capacity modules in the
2012. Current solar
electricity production averages
about 10 KWHr. per day (https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/mnVz25723
for real-time viewing).
10S. Wijtmans House – Features – PV, Ground source heat pumpMy 12 solar panels (photovoltaic) are on a detached garage, since it faces almost due south. The house is about 20 years old with 2100 square feet in the main house plus two rooms on the attached garage. Averaged over a year the panels provide a little over 1/3 of my total energy consumption, but in the fall and spring, when no A/C or heat is running, they provide almost all the power I use. After 3 years maintenance on the panels has been almost nonexistent; the only problem is that squirrels like to nest under them. The main house is heated/cooled by a ground source heat pump, which also pre-heats the hot water.
11S Gregory Residence - Has Solar Hot Water
Solar Hot Water has been a great investment. Before installing the solar hot water after two showers we would always run out of hot water. Since installing solar hot water we have not ran out of hot water one time. I have noticed a decrease in my bill and can't wait to install solar electric.
14S. Schein Home -
Features: Eco-renovation, PV system, solar water heater,
low-impact cooling, recycled insulation, energy-efficient
windows and roof, unique garden, low construction waste,
16S. The Learning Barge (Elizabeth River Project)
The Learning Barge is a collaborative design and fabrication initiative of students from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and School of Engineering and Applied Science that incorporates research and sustainable design principles to promote environmental education on the Elizabeth River, one of the most polluted estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The floating field station is powered by solar and wind energy, collects rainwater, filters gray water with native plants and utilizes recycled and renewable materials.
The integrated educational component for K-12 school children offers opportunities to experience the river firsthand and engage in hands-on exploration and learning. The project is a collaboration with the Elizabeth River Project. The barge travels throughout the Elizabeth River making frequent daily stops to allow students to board the barge for the educational portion of the project.
17S Lynhaven River House - (owner name not
available for release at this time)
Welcome to the
Hampton Roads Solar Group!
Serving the Hampton Roads area, we
are a dedicated group of renewable energy
enthusiasts and system owners working to secure
a clean energy future.
The Tidewater Current - news and information about sustainable endeavors in Coastal Virginia and beyond. www.tidewatercurent.com
Judson Knecht, Tutoring.
Judson Knecht, Tutoring.
Rappahannock Community College
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