EV CHARGING STATION: We’ve now installed a Level 2 charger in the main parking area at Sleepy Hollow. Top off your car whether you’re here for a wedding, skiing, or mountain biking!
SOLAR PANELS EVERYWHERE: Exciting news…. Our solar arrays are starting to really add up. We have 10 separate solar installations now around Sleepy Hollow & our family’s houses! We now have just over 100 kw installed capacity.
- 15kw array near the inn in Oct. 2019… 5 year payback period.
- 15kw array just down the road near Molly’s house (also in Oct. 2019). 5 year payback period.
- 4 kw solar array (Sept. 2018) on the porch of Sleepy Hollow Inn.
- 6 kw solar (Oct. 2018) on Dave & Sandy’s barn roof.
- 10kw fixed solar array near Eli’s house 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) in Jane Meadows along Sherman Hollow Rd. 5.5 year payback period.
- 24kw (Dec, 2012) solar panel installations located at Jane Meadows (1 mile from inn). 6.2 year payback. Note this array is already paid back and producing freeeeee energyyyyyy!!
- 8kw Allearth trackers ( 2 x 4kw arrays) installed partway up Ski Lodge Drive back in 2009. 16 year payback period
- 2kw on Eli’s roof (installed between 2006-2018)
- 3kw on Sandy and Dave’s roof (installed around 2008).
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.
SOLAR HOT WATER: Since 2012 we have 3 solar hot water panels. This will save us up to $2000 per year in heating 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!