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Peter, Tanya, and Noelle Ptak in front of their PV-powered residence.
Peter, Tanya, and Noelle Ptak in front of their PV-powered residence.
The Ptaks also installed solar-electric systems on their rental properties.
After installing PV on their residence, the Ptaks also installed solar-electric systems on their rental properties.
Two Power-One Aurora inverters
Two Power-One Aurora inverters synchronize the solar-electric system’s output with the utility grid.
The system design fully utilized the available roof space on the Ptaks’ rentals
To maximize the solar energy rebate, the system design fully utilized the available roof space on the Ptaks’ rental properties.
Peter, Tanya, and Noelle Ptak in front of their PV-powered residence.
The Ptaks also installed solar-electric systems on their rental properties.
Two Power-One Aurora inverters
The system design fully utilized the available roof space on the Ptaks’ rentals

The Ptaks’ multiple PV systems also have had a positive influence on their community. “Everyone was basically blown away,” says Peter. “I tell them all about the program, and they become very interested and want to learn more. [Some of them may be] a bit put off by the initial cost, but those who really understand the concept realize that it is ultimately an investment that pays off in the long run.” One of Peter’s co-workers decided to have an 8.5 KW ground-mounted system installed in 2006. Peter says that several other homeowners he knows “have been very interested in learning more about the systems that they could feasibly install. People are intrigued by the ‘no electric bill’ factor.”

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Regina Anne Kelly is a professional writer and the author of Energy Supply and Renewable Resources (Facts On File, 2007). Her articles have appeared in several scientific and trade journals. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Fordham University and a B.A. in journalism and English from Rutgers College.

Sea Bright Solar • 866-SOLAR-1-S • www.seabrightsolar.com • System installer

New Jersey Clean Energy Program • www.njcleanenergy.com 

Solar Energy International • www.solarenergy.org • Workshop presenter

PV System Components:

BP Solar • www.bpsolar.com • PV modules

Power-One • www.power-one.com • Aurora inverter

UniRac • www.unirac.com • Array mounts

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