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Michael E. – Golden, CO

Michael was so thrilled with his solar power system from Real Goods Solar, he got a second one!

“We are very pleased with the solar array you designed for us. We are happy to report that it is producing about 80% of our electrical energy needs. The system has operated problem-free since it was installed. To indicate how impressed we were with the solar system in Golden, we contacted Real Goods Solar and they designed and installed a similar array for our home in Cripple Creek which has been operational now for two months – problem free.”

In 2009, Michael and his family decided they wanted an alternative to increasingly expensive utility power at their home in Golden, Colorado. They opted for a large system – 7 kW – that would cover about 80% of their electricity needs, and decided they wanted it ground-mounted on their property instead of on the house itself. The steep, rocky foothills of Golden proved to be a labor-intensive place to set dozens of mounting poles in concrete, but it didn’t stop the Real Goods Solar Denver installation team.

After hours of hand digging, jackhammering and boulder removal (one mammoth boulder was the size of an exercise ball), they brought in a boom to help set the poles in the steep, sloped yard above the road and from there it was business as usual. The system has been running flawlessly since day one, and Michael was so impressed with the job that he hired us again to install a solar system at his family’s second residence in Cripple Creek, Colorado – a 5.17 kW roof-mounted array.

Size 7 kW
Production 10,130 kWh/year
Solar panels Sharp 175W (40 panels)
Mounting Ground
Location Golden, CO
Online since 2009
System offsets:*

Annual Lifetime
Pounds of CO2 15,400 385,000
Miles driven 16,408 410,200
Trees planted 179 4,475


*Calculations based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator. System lifetime is assumed to be 25 years.