Radiance Solar, Siemens and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Habitat’s first solar home built in the state of Georgia. The keys to the Energy-Star-rated home in Forsyth County were given to homeowner Melonie Lingo and her teenage children Madie and Luke after 14 weeks of working side-by-side with Radiance staff, Siemens employee volunteers and Habitat construction crew leaders.
Siemens is the primary sponsor, contributing $100,000 along with employee construction volunteers and Siemens Microinverter System solar technology that converts the sun’s power into safe, affordable electric power to save the family hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.
“Georgia is an excellent place for both homes and businesses to enjoy the benefits of solar power,” said James Marlow, president and CEO of Radiance Solar. “Over the past two years, Radiance Solar has installed solar arrays at businesses large and small across the state, many of which are now feeding their excess power into the grid.”
The Siemens Microinverter System will take the power from each individual solar module mounted on the Lingo’s roof and immediately convert the DC power to AC 120-240 volts, then send it down a circuit to the Siemens electrical panel ─ for seamless combination with the utility power on the user side of the utility meter. Panels donated by North Coast Electric were installed by Radiance Solar on the south side of the roof where the sun is optimal in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Even when shading occurs on one module, the other modules function as standalone power to provide affordable, safe, clean power.
During daylight hours the system generates enough power to run internal appliances. Any excess electricity produced by the Siemens Microinverter System goes back to the grid and offsets the energy consumed at night. Ultimately, the solution along with energy efficient appliances, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and lighting ensure the Lingo family will find relief from their utility bills as long as they own their home.
“Siemens has a global, corporate commitment to sustainability ¾ so we are truly honored to work with Habitat for Humanity to build a greener Georgia,” said Steve Clark, VP, Siemens Industry, Inc., Customer Services Division. “We are pleased that integration of our solar microinverter technology is a vital component of Habitat’s mission to provide ongoing affordable housing and sustainable building practices for deserving families in the north Georgia area.”
The solar home’s Union Hill Road address is appropriate “because it symbolizes the union and partnership between the Lingos, Siemens, all the volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity,” according to Russ Hayes, CEO, Habitat for Humanity, North Central Georgia. “We believe this home will be a shining example of Siemens technology and dedication to the community and the Habitat mission.”
About Radiance Solar
Radiance Solar is a leading solar contractor, specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. Their mission is to bring low-cost, reliable solar energy within reach of every electricity user through a relentless commitment to innovative design, aggressive procurement and efficient construction techniques www.radiancesolar.com.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 223 homes have been completed and over 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 25% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 30-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever. For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.
Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, with approximately 87,000 employees worldwide, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include complete traffic and transportation systems, intelligent logistics, efficient energy supply, environmentally compatible building technologies, modernization of the way power is transmitted and distributed, and smart consumption of electricity. The sector is comprised of the Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies Divisions as well as Osram Sylvania. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities.