My friend and editor on CleanTechnica, Sarah Lozanova, shares her story on how she and her husband installed solar panels on the roof of their condo building in Chicago, in the June issue of Solar Today:
"Compared to houses, condominiums typically offer more energyefficient, eco-friendly living. Centralized water heating in our building reduces the standby losses experienced with numerous water heaters used less frequently. Shared walls lessen the heating load of
the building. Exterior lights benefit all inhabitants, reducing individual electricity consumption. And the smaller footprint of high-density buildings frees up open spaces for all to enjoy.
Despite these benefits, condo owners can find it difficult to implement narrowly supported green efforts, like a compost pile or rain barrels in the yard. I expected a solar system would be one of those cases. To my surprise, however, the other owners in the building welcomed our plans." -- Sarah Lozanova, Solar Today
We get a lot of questions at the Illinois Solar Energy Association on how to persuade condo associations to go solar. Sarah's article has a lot of helpful information and inspiration. Hint: ask for solar panels for your wedding present.
Image Credit: Solar Today