This project had a big focus on ‘hidden elements’ such as air quality, lighting, water and sustainability, and how they ultimately make our homes more liveable, so the solar and energy component of the renovation was a key part of the project.
Shaynna also wanted the solar and battery system to be hidden away so as not to compromise the design of the home or encroach on space that could be used in other ways.
"My main goal with solar was to reduce our environmental impact and cost savings to my electricity bill, but it has ended up being so much more."
Working closely with Shaynna, her architect and builders, we designed a premium 9.5 kW, north-facing solar system with SunPower Maxeon solar panels and Enphase microinverters.
Unlike string inverters, a single box that sits on the wall into which all the solar panels connect, microinverters are very small inverters that sit on the back of each solar panel and allow them all to function independently. Given some shading cast from nearby trees and the split-level building design of this project, the incorporation of microinverters was a gamechanger for Shaynna’s home.
"The fact that the building is basically feeding electricity back into the grid to share, and having my bill in credit 80% of the year, is something I hadn’t really accounted for. In the financial market we are in today, it makes a huge difference to how you budget your household bills."