|1982 US stamp series featuring various 'energy sources'|
|Site for new solar panels at Genuine Faux Farm|
|Eagle Point Solar put in the GFF Solar Array|
GFF Farm Retreat and we both put solar among the 'big projects' each of us had on our minds for the future of the farm. Perhaps, just as importantly, we identified the need to make our farm into a place where we wanted to live instead of a place we tolerated living at. While we grant you that the solar project was not a 'critical item' on the same level as 'make a kitchen that doesn't have a hole in the floor that leads directly to the basement' it still held an important place for us. Why? Because it is a part of who we are and a part of what we think is the right direction for the Genuine Faux Farm.
As is normally the case, the farm and everything else began to take precedence and the solar project was on hold until we heard about a possible "group buy" through Eagle Point Solar that could reduce the cost of new solar projects in the Black Hawk (and surrounding county) area. We attended the introductory meeting and decided to go through the process. If Eagle Point could keep the ball rolling, then we were going to try to give this a go this time around.
Nothing is ever as simple as you think it should be. But, then again, if it were easy, you would have to question if the project were really worth doing. Ok. Maybe you wouldn't question it. But, I would.
We initially thought we could pursue a REAP grant to help with funding until we discussed it with a professional grant writer who as done multiple REAP grants. Lets just say that REAP grants are NOT geared for farms our size and leave it at that. It also turns out that the best location for solar on our property crosses the two parcels we own. This required us to go through some legal processes to get that fixed so we could proceed with the identified location. And, of course, there was/is the financing.
|Installation was mostly complete after one day.|