Re: query about photovoltaics (solar panels)
From: Dean Fenton (
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:14:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Lisa
If you have someone who is interested there is a free course, The text is also free online. 
Probably, week 1, week 3 and week 7 will give you what you need. But if some 
are interested it is a nice course.
Be careful of the “free deals” as they are not free. Have you bounced the idea 
off your Architect? If I can be of any help please let me know. Dean
deanfenton [at]<mailto:deanfenton [at]>

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From: Lisa Wolf<mailto:tigerlisa [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:23 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]<mailto:cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ query about photovoltaics (solar panels)

I'm Lisa Wolf, a member of Bay State Commons Cohousing, which is in the
process of constructing our new home in Malden, MA. The Eco Committee is
currently discussing how to make photovoltaics (hereinafter referred to as
solar panels) happen. We decided to ask other cohousing communities that
have installed solar panels for electricity about their experiences and

Our questions are as follows:
• Are you getting the expected amount of energy from the panels you have

• How did you raise the money to get the panels? If it was from individuals
and not the group as a whole, did those people who were willing and able to
invest in solar get any kind of financial, or other, reward (e.g. a fee

• Were you happy with your installer? Any recommendations (or warnings)?
(This question may turn out to be useful for other cohos in your region.)

And, I always like to add,
• What question(s) didn't I ask you here, but should have? (and what are
your answers?)

Thank you in advance for your help and time!

Bay State Commons Cohousing
Malden, MA
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