Tour 4: Cute solar electric home grows fresh produce

Main heating system

  • One Mitsubishi ductless heat pump covers 858 sq ft home; installed Dec. 2016 by Priority One

PV Panels

  • 16 Itek 305 W panels (4880 W) and SMA Sunny Boy 5.0-1SP-US-40 Grid-Tie Inverter; installed Aug. 2017 by Solar Assist

Electric Vehicle

  • Chevrolet Bolt; purchased Jan. 2019 at Kendall Chevrolet

Water Catchment

  • One Grady rain barrel catches water off newly constructed carport and is used to water plants on north side of house; purchased at BRING and installed April 2021 by handyperson Mark Watchman

Other Outside:

  • North side plants are Oregon natives and low water flowers and fruit
  • West side raised bed vegetables and fruit
  • South side grape vine and flowers
  • Custom-made compost bin and
  • Solar food dryer, both made by Mark Watchman in 2017-2018
  • 0 .1 acre yard plus a shared greenhouse offsite produces almost all the produce used by the homeowner