When the sun shines, light spreads in all directions.
We’re committed to improving the place we call home, by preserving the environment and supporting those in need. Some recent initiatives include:
Clinton-Beechwold Community Resources Center
In December of 2021, Ecohouse Solar installed PV systems on the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s office and food pantry. This project was funded by one of Ecohouse’s first customers, Marlin Languis, and the new transformer was donated by Ecohouse.
CRC is known for their food pantry; support of local seniors through independence, grocery, transportation, personal assistance, and other home support programs; youth support through their low cost after-school and summer programs, literacy projects, homework support, summer field trips, and art classes; and their Kinship Care Program, which helps families avoid non-relative foster care for children with absent parents.
IGS Day of Service
Ecohouse staff participated in IGS Energy’s Day of Service in Summer of 2022. We took our enthusiasm and our tools to projects with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Linden Community Greenhouse and Gardens, National Church Residences, Stratford Ecological Center, Cultivate, and Franklin County Animal Care and Control.
Highland Nature Sanctuary
The Highland Nature Sanctuary is a part of Arc of Appalachia’s mission to save and preserve Ohio’s Wildlands and raise awareness and appreciation for Ohio’s natural landscapes. In 2021 Ecohouse built a sponsored 8.96kW solar array at the sanctuary. The sanctuary is located in the Rocky Fork Gorge, known for its 100 ft walls, arches, springs, cedar groves, and wildflowers. The Forest Museum is an educational center that is open to the public 7 days a week from April to October.
Shared Power Network
The Shared Power Network is an Ohio-based educational solar energy advocacy organization. They develop solar projects that are used for educational purposes at schools and for nonprofit organizations. Their mission to make solar energy tangible for students is an important part of renewable energy’s future. In 2020 Ecohouse participated in a project at Diley Middle School to build a small array used as a part of the Shared Power Network’s mission.
Get in touch with our team to learn more!
Calculate How Many Solar Panels You Need For Your Home
Our solar project calculator gives customized results based on your electric bill, solar panel production, solar array size and electric rates to show you a solar array that will meet your household needs.
Your monthly electric bill. Our tool takes your monthly electric bill in dollars, and divides it by the current average price for electricity, to get the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity you need each month.
The production of a solar panel. In our region, 1kw of solar panel array will produce roughly 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. The average size of a solar panel in 2022 is 370 watts. If you have a $120/month electric bill and live in Central Ohio, where the average rate for electricity is $0.15 per kilowatt-hour. 120/0.15 = 800 * 12 = 9600 kilowatt-hours needed each year. 9600 kWh / 1,200kWh/yr = 8kw solar array.
Technical sizing of a solar panels. To translate the example above of 8kw of solar into an installable solar array, our tool does some rounding based on actual solar panel systems. We use pricing pulled from average system sizes installed over the last year. Your actual results may vary. For example, if your roof is not ideally oriented, or you have shade trees in the yard, that will reduce a solar panel’s performance. Using our experience and past years’ install data, we know that 8kw solar array will be made up of roughly 22 solar panels (if your home or business offers an ideal location for solar panels).
Your location. Our calculator is designed to give you customized results based on the specific electricity rates in Central Ohio.