Welcome to the first 100% solar-powered grazing magazine!
Kathy lives in Arizona, where the sun shines 360 days a year and lots of people collect the sun for power. Her house came complete with solar panels on the roof.
Rachel’s house just went solar this past week. With the installation and hook up, we are proud to say that On Pasture’s global headquarters (both of our homes!) are solar powered! We won’t be off the grid, but we’ll be using and adding cleaner energy to the grid.
Rachel’s house was built in 1887, and for a minute or two, it felt odd to put solar panels on an old Victorian. But we think that even builder Henry Bell would agree that a south-facing exposure and a sloped roof are calling out for solar panels. Using all that space to generate energy just feels right. And it makes economic sense, too. That’s a win-win in our book. It’s just like using pasture to feed animals. Keep it simple…..!
Both our houses sell solar back to our electric companies so when we’re not using everything the sun gives us, other people can. While Rachel won’t have details on the cost benefits, Kathy can say that in the summertime, when non-solar folks are complaining about the $300+ air conditioning bills to beat the 100+ degree heat, her electric bill was about $100. And this spring, with no AC or heat running, her monthly bills were about $15. That’s some sunny savings!
Once we have more information about how it’s going at Rachel’s place, we’ll let you know what it looks like. We’ll also tell you more about Solar City, and their offer to give $250 to On Pasture for every reader that mentions Rachel Gilker when they set up for solar power with Solar City.
Till then, sunny skies by day, and please send some rain for night time.