Scott Schmid and his wife have lived in Colorado for over two decades, and are currently living in the historic country club neighborhood of Denver. They decided to do a full renovation on their historic home built in 1929, and in doing so, wanted to make the home as energy efficient as possible. This included major insulation work to keep the old home from leaking warm or cool air depending on the season, installing a high efficiency floor heating system, replacement of incandescent lightbulbs with LED lighting throughout the home, and RooflessSolar.
During the renovation, Scott decided it was also the right time to install an in-ground pool. But he knew that that would not only cost him more money in electric costs to power the water pump and heating, but he also couldn’t stop thinking about the negative environmental impact it would have. “I knew that if we were going to be consuming more energy, that I wanted to offset it with clean renewable energy.”
Scott liked the idea of producing his own clean energy through solar panels, but he wasn’t allowed to install a system on his 1929 home. “Because we live in a historic neighborhood, the neighborhood association rules dictate that homes can’t have solar panels.” And even if it was allowed, he says, the roof pitch is so steep it would be nearly impossible to install solar panels.
Scott was familiar with the concept of community solar because he has a friend who works at Clean Energy Collective. But it wasn’t until the timing was right with the renovation, and talking to a friend who had signed up with CEC in Vail, that he decided it was the right time to purchase panels from a CEC RooflessSolar array.
Scott purchased 128 panels in the Denver 3 RooflessSolar Array, enough to offset 100% of his projected electricity use. His solar system is estimated to save him $7,300 in electricity costs in year one and $149,000 over the course of the program.
“RooflessSolar was the perfect solution to what we needed for our home. It was in line with our vision to be energy efficient and use renewable energy, and we were able to size a system within the solar array match our electric usage.”