2011 Solar Home Tour - Peninsula,
1 October 2011
Intro and map
Note: An address for each
location will be provided after
Bus Tour: (marked with an "**"
1P Virginia Living Museum (leave 10:45),
3P Dolan House,
7P Gardens Atrium of Poquoson
1P - Virginia Living Museum
available for tour from 10:00 to
10:45 AM only.
Features: The Living Green House has
PV system, solar water heater,
radiant heating, interactive
fountain, day-lighting, passive
solar architectural design elements.
Admission is waived for this hour
only. The new Living Green House
demonstrates many renewable
technologies and is a great place to
start your tour. 3-200 watt solar PV
panels connect to the grid. An
evacuated tube type solar water
heater connects to a radiant floor
heating system embedded in the slab
concrete floor; portions are visible
for the guests to view. Over 25
other green building
techniques/products are also on
display in this demonstration house.
The tour is scheduled to begin at
Participants need to arrive
on time at the museum admission
The group will not be charged
for the tour which should last 45-60
We will be announcing the winner of
the Cabiroy “Energy2Equity”
at this tour.
The guided bus tour for Saturday
will be leaving from the Virginia
Living Museum Parking lot at 11AM.
2P. Elber House
- Features: Solar hot water, Solar
3P. Dolan House -
Features: Solar PV
The home has an 8100 watt
photovoltaic system consisting of 30
SunTech 270W panels with a pair of
Solectria Inverters that produce an
average of 33.4kWh of electricity
per day. It meets over 115% of the
homes electrical needs via net
metering on an annual basis.
The system was brought
online Feb 2010.
The home is in an historic district
which limits certain energy
This tour is outside only.
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- This home has a Skystream wind
turbine (the only wind turbine on
our tour) and
25 Sharp PV modules of various kW
ratings and mounting configurations,
pole, raised seam roofing and flat.
All of the modules are using the
Enphase micro inverter, which
provides for real time web based
monitoring. There will also be
information provided about a heat
recovery unit, which heats your hot
water using the refrigerant hot
gases from your A/C or heat pump
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Cuker /Gerbing Home
- This home has a PV system
consisting of twenty 220 watt PV
panels (by Solar Power), installed
by Solar Solutions of VA.
The owner designed and built
a novel adjustable solar awning for
ten of the panels on the south side
of the house.
The awning is made of 5
units, each supporting 2 PV panels.
The awning adjusts for
changes in seasonal solar angle.
It also provides nice shade
for the lower floor windows.
The second bank of ten panels
is on an east-facing roof.
The 4.3KW system supplies the
entire electrical needs of the house
for the year. The house also
features solar hot water, and an
owner designed and installed "heat
wall" that warms the back addition
from fall through spring.
Investing in PV has motivated
other conservation efforts as well:
Clothes lines were also installed on
the back porch allowing the electric
dryer to stop being used, and the
family has two Prius automobiles.
NOTE: This home will
not be available for the tour after
– To tour this site you must
register 2 weeks in advance at
our web site or
214-6732, giving your name, country
of birth, and citizenship. NASA will
screen all candidates and
unacceptable security risks
may be denied.
two tours will given,
at 12:00 and 1:00 PM, so be
Park at the Badging Lot to
the right of the main gate and the
NASA guide will meet you there.
You will be shown the new
building, which features a green
roof, rainwater retention, ground
source heat pumps, pervious
pavement, daylighting, PV panels and
The large PV array used to
partially power the Badging office
will also be seen.
It also won the 2011 Best Green
Building Award in Engineering News
Record’s southeast region. A blog
post announcing this year’s winners
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Atriums of Poquoson
- Features: “Net Zero” home, Passive
solar heating, PV system, Rainwater
harvesting, Eco-friendly décor,
The house is cluster zoned to
maximize land use. It is heated 100%
by passive solar heating, and 100%
of the electricity needs are met by
95% of the water needs are
met via rainwater harvesting. No
off-gassing materials were used; it
has zero VOC paints, dye-free
carpets, and solid wood cabinets.
The CO2 level is kept the same as
outdoors via broad-leafed plants,
and oxygen levels are much higher
than outdoors. Air toxins are
eliminated via indoor plants. The
site is terraced to maximize water
absorption; no irrigation is needed.
Day-lighting is maximized for better
eye health, and windows are
minimized for improved sound
insulation and quietness. Recycled
granite veneers and wood floors are
8P. Ward House
-Features: PV System, Solar water
heating system, Ground-sourced heat
pump and rainwater collection
The PV system which was originally
installed in July 2009 with 16
Sunpower - 215 watt panels and a
5000 watt inverter provided 3720
kilowatts which was 25 percent of
the household electricity use for
the first year.
In July 2010 8 more Sunpower
panels were added to bring the
system up to 24 - 215 watt panels
producing 5547 kilowatts or 39
percent of the household electricity
use for the year. The solar water
heating system was installed in 2006
and has produced water temperatures
as high as 165 degrees in the summer
and 100 degrees in the winter.
The "homemade" 600 gallon
rainwater collection system captures
rain from three downspouts and will
refill with 1/2 inch of rain. With
this rainwater supply, we rarely
have to use the house water supply
to water the plants. In April 2011
the oil fired heat, water heater and
standard central air conditioner
systems were replaced with a
ground-source heat pump system using
four 200 foot deep wells for heating
9P. Sizemore House
Features: Solar hot water, Solar PV
This home has a solar hot water
system installed in 2006 and a
second collector was added in spring
2010. A grid-tied solar photovoltaic
system (3.2 KW capacity, 16 panels)
was installed in spring 2010. Both
systems were installed by Solar
Services of Virginia Beach. In the
first month after installation, our
net electricity usage was two-thirds
less than the same month a year ago.
With federal tax credit and
state rebate, we expect to recover
our investment in about seven years.
10P. Franck Home
Features: PV System, Ground-sourced
heat pump, Energy efficiency.
This home has three solar PV arrays
containing a total of 36 Shuco 210 V
This 7.5 kw system generates
on average about 26 kwh per day.
It also has a closed loop
ground source heat pump.
Energy efficiency features
Triple layer insulation system in
the roof and exterior walls,
conditioned crawl space, low-e
windows, and tankless water heater.
It was completed May 2010.
11P. Lee Home
Positioned on the main channel of Cobham Bay
the Lee’s home and dock solar
installations are visible
representations of what each of us
can do to produce our own energy
from renewable sources. The marine
solar array on the dock powers their
boat lifts. When the dock isn’t
using all of the solar energy
produced, the excess is fed back to
the main house where there is
another solar installation. Their
(34) solar panels are Made in the USA and form a
7.99kW solar array. The system uses
micro-inverters so you can see what
each panel is producing at any time.
It is all monitored by both Urban
Grid and the Lee's via an online web
portal. This tour is outdoor only.
Features: Solar PV, Solar Hot water,
ICF construction, water
to see the many features of this
contains a 4 kW Solar PV, Solar hot
water panels capable of 350,000 btu,
Radiant floor heating using the
solar heated water, and ICF block
construction with Icynene spray-in
Landscaping (using drought
tolerant plants) slows water run off
and rain barrels are in place.
Solar tubes, natural
lighting, and CFL are used in all
The high efficiency of house
results in an annual electric bill
The home was designed and
built by the owners.
– Morant House
Features: PV, solar attic fan
This Home has a Westinghouse 4.55kw
26 panel PV system installed by
Future Renovations, Inc. in April.
It features online monitoring and
has capabilities of online
thermostat setting for the HVAC
system. This house also
employs a solar attic fan which also
keeps the energy bills low.
The electricity bill has not
exceeded $40 ever since the
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