Written by Reed at Revolve Solar
Do you remember the day you first signed those closing documents to officially become a homeowner? The joys and elation you felt turning the key — your key — for the first time? Well, there’s another special day in the life of a homeowner: the day you have residential solar panels installed and become your own clean energy producer.
Just like when you bought the home, you’re realizing a dream when you buy solar panels. It’s a dream of energy independence. It’s a dream of sustainability and environmental consciousness. It’s a dream for the future, and for interior designer Laura Britt, it is now a dream come true.
Earlier this month, the Revolve Solar trucks rolled out to the site of Laura’s future Central Austin home to install an 11.76-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will supply the majority – if not all of her electricity needs. In addition to the mounting materials, Laura’s system is comprised of 42 SolarWorld 280 Sunmodules and the accompanying Enphase M250 Microinverters.
With great south-facing exposure and a low-pitched roof, Laura’s future home is an ideal location for a solar power system. Despite being surrounded by a number of trees, the geometry and the roof allowed Revolve designers to maximize the amount of sunlight reaching the panels — even today on the shortest day of the year!
But for Laura and her locally renowned interior design firm Laura Britt Design, the solar panels atop her future home are going beyond simply saving reducing utility costs over the life of the system. The entire house — which is nearing completion — is, in fact, a case study in sustainability that Laura and her team can soon use to showcase design solutions for their clients.
Although the project initially started as a simple Central Austin remodel, trouble with the pre-existing property’s foundation soon gave way to a completely new study in sustainability and thus the Gradients of Green project was born.
After gifting the old home to a deserving family, Laura and her team were left with a multitude of important decisions regarding virtually every component of the project from materials and furnishings to its renewable energy source. In a few short months, they have turned concept into creation with only the interior features still remaining.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to work with Laura Britt to provide the solar components for her Gradients of Green project,” said Tim Padden, Founder and CEO of Revolve Solar. “Sustainable housing is the future, and it’s truly remarkable to see the evolution of such an environmentally-friendly project right in our own backyard. They’ve clearly put a lot of care into selecting the materials and processes, and [Gradients of Green] should serve as an ideal case study for other Texans looking to make their own sustainable improvements.
The project itself will be a way of bringing all of the elements Laura has studied and is passionate about together under one roof including eco-conscious furnishing, improved air quality, and, of course, interior design.
Revolve Solar is proud to partner with Laura Britt Design not only to showcase the advantages and availability of solar power systems in the Central Texas region but also to further the development of sustainable housing so that future generations too can share in the joys of homeownership.