Sleepy Hollow Friends of the Earth
SOLAR ELECTRIC: Exciting news.... Our solar arrays are starting to really add up. We have 8 separate solar installations now around Sleepy Hollow & our family's houses! We now total just over 60 kw solar installed capacity. We've installed a 4 kw solar array (Sept. 2018) on the porch of Sleepy Hollow Inn. We also just installed 6 kw solar (Oct. 2018) on Dave & Sandy's barn roof. We've installed a 10kw fixed solar array in July 2017. This new array is right next to two 8 kw Allsun tracker arrays we currently have in operation since 2009. We also have a 15kw (Aug, 2016) and 24kw (Dec, 2012) solar panel installations located at Jane Meadows (1 mile from inn) . Whew! Lots of solar. We're excited about these systems for a few reasons. This should produce enough electricity to produce 100% of our electric needs at Sleepy Hollow, including our snowmaking operation (we'll know for sure after a year of operation). It should provide enough electricity to also power our family's 3 houses on the property as well. We did most of the install on our own to keep costs down. Construction costs of our new 15kw array were $17,000 (after state and federal rebates). In 2012 our 24kw array costs were $31,250 (after state and federal rebates). This makes a payback period of approximately 6.2 years (24kw array) and 5.5 years for the 15kw array. Not too shabby.
First year of operation 2013
24kw array fixed panels = 25436 kWh
8kw Allearth trackers = 9497 kWh
Total Production = 34933 kWh
Inn energy use = 15369 kWh
Round Barn & Lighted Loop = 6534 kWh
Snowmaking water & air pumps = 11,000kWh
Total Energy Use = 32903kWh
Net kWh production = +2030kWh
SOLAR HOT WATER: Since 2012 we have 3 solar hot water panels. This will save us up to $2000 per year in heating fuel costs. The system is designed to store water during the week. We have 240 gallons of hot water storage, when our inn is not as busy. When the weekend rolls around we'll have plenty of hot water for all our inn guests! Check out the panels on the roof of our inn the next time you visit.
Pictured below we have two 4kw AllEarth solar trackers installed by AllEarth Renewables of Williston. They were installed in late 2009. These beauties produced 55% of Sleepy Hollow electric production in 2010 (Total solar production of 10,511 kwh), We pay just over $0.15 per kwh, so this offset $1584 worth of electricity for Sleepy Hollow in 2010. We paid $24,800 total after tax rebates, giving us an approximate payback period of 15.7 years. The new 2.8 cents/kw bonus credit will soon make the payback even shorter. Say hello to them on your next trip up to Sleepy Hollow, or check out their daily, monthly or yearly production at allearthrenewables.com (We are site ID #117)
We wish to do as much as possible to be environmentally friendly, and reduce our carbon footprint. We also hope to raise awareness and give ideas to those who may be interested in the greener lifestyle. To those who have taken the initiative already, we salute you!
ELECTRIC 46" ZERO TURN CUB CADET MOWER. We converted our gas powered zero turn mower into electric in June, 2017. This fun project involved removing the gas engine in our mower, and installing a Motenergy ME1004 DC electric motor, an Alltrax SR-48400 controller, and a 5.4kwh battery pack (from a Nissan Leaf battery pack). The mower runs for about an hour, and works as planned! We do a lot of lawn mowing up here, and this mower has been a great addition. It's been particularly nice not to have to fill the mower with gas, or worry about changing the oil!
Our Goals and Our Choices:
- We will seek to educate and promote earth friendly practices with our guests at Sleepy Hollow. This includes an emphasis on recycling, reuse of towels, turning off lights when not in use, and more!
- We will manage our 877 acres of woodlands using the most modern, conservation-oriented forestry techniques. We are currently enrolled in the state Land-Use forestry program. This ensures responsible and sustainable silviculture techniques are used to harvest forest products from land. (The tax breaks help keep this land from being developed, too.)
- We seek to use renewable energy whenever possible. We have solar hot water panels helping to heat our domestic hot water, and a majority (hopefully all) of our electricity will be made by our solar arrays.
- We will use energy efficient fluorescent and LED lights as much as possible. Currently our inn has been 100% converted to LED or fluorescent lighting, while our round barn is almost entirely fluorescent (except for the dimmable lights).
- We encourage guests to reuse their towels, resulting in fewer washes. This saves energy, water, and detergent. Also our towels are colored, which reduces/eliminates the need for bleaching.
- We use our woodstoves as much as possible for heating the Inn and Round Barn. The wood is cut sustainably from Sleepy Hollow.
- We pledge to be chemical free in our groundskeeping. We also added an electric zero turn mower in June, 2017.
- Our maple sugaring operation which uses Sleepy Hollow maple trees, Running Saps Mapleworks, is operated sustainably on Sleepy Hollow land providing tasty breakfasts here at the inn. Localvore at it's most local.
- Convert an articulated loader into an 8 wheeled, low snow grooming machine... Early winter 2018
- Install more solar to offset our increase in snowmaking... Mission accomplished Fall 2018
- Install air source heat pump for both cooling and heating in the Inn.... Mission accomplished Fall 2017
- Install 3 x 80 gallon heat pump hot water heaters to replace current oil fired hot water.... Mission Accomplished December 2016
- Add 15kw solar panels & increase snowmaking firepower... Mission accomplished August 2016
- 24kw solar electric panels! mission accomplished December 2012
- Solar hot water for the inn! Mission accomplished January 2012
- Install energy efficient snowmaking system. Mission accomplished 12/26/12
There are antique car shows, there are sportscar shows, and then there is our family hybrid car show:
At left: Eli with his 2000 Honda insight (since upgraded to a 2012 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle) Moving to the right, Aunt Lindsay with her 2008 Toyota Prius, Molly Peters with her 2006 Toyota Prius, Sandy Enman (and granddaughter Mya) with her 2008 Toyota Prius, and Dave Enman with his 2003 Toyota Prius.
Eli and Kasie's house... Complete with solar hot water system, 880 watts of grid-intertied solar panels (my average net electricity usage is 50 kwh per month, about $6 of electricity). The house also features passive solar design (sunlight heats our slate floors in fall, winter, and spring), energy efficient lighting, great insulation, and super energy efficient washer/drier and refrigerator.