PV Array Up Next

The ugliness in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred us to action. Kelliher Samets Volk has signed an agreement with Alteris Renewables of Wilton, Connecticut to install a 13.8kW SunTech photovoltaic system on the roof of our building in Burlington, Vermont. We estimate that we will offset about 10% of our annual electricity consumption when the system is operational in August.

The accompanying photo gives you a sense of what the system will look like once it's installed.

Yes, it was BP's incompetence in the Gulf that galvanized our decison but the tax credits help make the economic case. Both Vermont and the federal government will provide a 30% tax cedit and we will also be eligible for accelerated depreciation.

I imagine we're doing just what the policy makers intended. And we can feel good about both the tax breaks and doing our part to lower consumption of imported and domestic energy.

Too bad our effort won't have any impact on the devastation in the Gulf.

Watch for regular updates once installation begins.