The picture in the blog header was taken off our back deck. We have an unobstructed view and that side of the house gets plenty of sunlight. But that is facing north.
This is the view off our front porch, which faces south.
As you can see, the front of our house faces the woods and is therefore shaded much of the time. So our house isn’t suited for solar roof panels.
But our barn is near the house and its southern exposure would make it an excellent site for solar collectors, it seems to me. If we ever put in a solar power system, we’ll install the panels on the roof of the barn.
Whether that will happen remains to be seen. In hindsight I wish I’d done it back when the tax credits would have been valuable. But even though it will cost us more now than it would have then, I haven’t given up on it. It’s on my wish list every year.
Meanwhile we are least using the sun to energize our garden fences and poultry net fencing.
I’ve been reading through a stack of old Mother Earth News catalogs a friend gave us, dating back to the 70’s. Across that 40 year span the magazine has numerous articles about solar power and how it is becoming increasingly viable and affordable. Yet it is still rarely seen (at least in the U.S.).
I’m looking forward to the day the sun provides our electricity.