Madison architect sheds light on solar solution for homeowners


MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Just like central air conditioning and two car garages, architect Duo Dickenson says solar panels will soon be part of most home designs.

“Now pretty much if you don’t have a garage, people say why don’t you have a garage. I can see in a generation new homes without solar panels, people saying well why didn’t you put in the solar panels? Of course you would do that,” said Dickenson.

The Madison architect has had decades of experience building homes.

He says with the cost of solar panels going down and production going up, more and more they will become part of a home’s character.

A reflection of the owner’s values and a way to save money, especially in the long run, but not every home is right for them.

A classic Connecticut home set on a Mystic hill has been in the same family for over 250 years.

Dickenson designed the home equipped with the latest in money saving, green technology.

“The owner said we could fill that whole roof with solar panels, but that would destroy the ethical historical character of a home,” said Dickenson.

They opted to put solar panels and a garage set to be built.

“We actually don’t want it to feel like putting a microwave oven on the roof of your house, we wanted to feel like it’s part of the architecture so we sized the shed dormer so it’s actually the sized of solar panels instead of being the other way around,” said Dickenson.

Going “solar” is a decision more and more homeowners are facing.

“I just opened up my email and oh it’s an article about this – how great,” said Dickenson.

Promises of low cost, affordable and green energy incentives are everywhere.

Some more legitimate than others.

“It’s an ad, it’s an ad,” said Dickenson.

Housing and rooftops in the Nutmeg state were not built with maximizing the sun in mind.

Not every location provides an ideal spot for maximizing value.

So the best way to figure out if it’s worth it for your specific home and location, is to crunch the numbers.

“It’s a conundrum to know what really makes sense and the only way I know how to it is run through the numbers. With the declining but still present incentives if your look at numbers does it make sense for your house, with your orientation and your budget,” said Dickenson.

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