Fayette County solar house is years ahead of its time

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - For Steve Denton, the cold winter is no match for his utility bill.  That's because his Somerville home is also home to the largest residential solar electric system in the state.

"In the long term, we will give back more electrical usage than what we use," Denton said in a recent interview.

Denton's solar electric system is the largest pole-mounted solar panel array in Tennessee.  It's tied to the regular power grid and has a battery backup in case of a power outage.  

Denton put the system in to become more energy independent.

"The grid is benefiting from solar generated electricity at this property immediately, as soon as the sun comes up," he said.  

Denton and his wife put solar panels in their yard two months ago.  Over a 12 month period, they expect it will not only pay for their electric use, but also put about 120 dollars worth of electricity back into the local power grid.

In addition to solar electricity, Denton has outfitted his home with Styrofoam insulation and a special hot water heater that conserves electricity.

"Our hot water usage was probably forty dollars a month," he said. "It's now costing us what, that heat pump, about ten dollars a month."

Though these were expensive investments, Denton believes the long term benefit is worth it.

For more on the Dentons cutting edge technology, click here: http://lightwavesolarelectric.com/content/view/5/6/

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