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Introduction: Smith Home Becomes Solar Hub


When the Smith family is home watching TV, brewing coffee or just switching on a light, they have one resource to thank for it: the sun. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s own executive director, Stephen A. Smith, recently became the owner of the largest residential solar system in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region, covering his home with 36 198-watt Sharp solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The 7.1-killowatt system is quite a display, and an investment that allows him to both live the ideals he professionally and personally supports while increasing his home’s value for years to come. “Turning sunlight into electricity is part of the energy revolution I believe we need in this country and around the world,” said Smith. “Solar power is also a key part of the green economic stimulus that is going to fuel our nation’s recovery. My family is proud to part of this clean energy revolution.” Along with the electric solar system, the family home also includes a new solar tube daylighting system and a solar hot water system, making it a hub of solar technologies that has become an educational example in the community. Their solar PV system alone has an output capacity averaging more than 700 kilowatt-hours per month. With a mix of new local and federal tax incentives, Libby and Steve Smith, who both work for SACE (Libby for 9 years and Steve for 17), decided to make a move on their solar renovations. About six months later, the Smiths are now fully dependent on solar energy; one of the biggest solutions to dirty energy consumption available in the 21st Century. Click here to read a blog posted by Stephen Smith during his home’s solar renovation.