June’s solar production ended at ~1.14 MWh. Yep, my expanded solar photovoltaic array produce more than a megawatt hour of electricity for the month. That feels like progress:
Overall, my household ended the month producing ~544 kWh more than we consumed. For the year, we are “in the black” ~995 kWh. Quickly, I am approaching the point where I am net positive since installing my first solar panels a few years ago. With July—traditionally the best month for solar production—I could reach that milestone before the summer is out.
Yes, I draw power from the grid. However, it is my contention that if everyone were attempting to be net positive in terms of their power consumption this world would be a better place. If enough people were doing just that we would have a huge portfolio of generating assets across the United States that would go a long way to curbing greenhouse gas emissions. All right, I will get off my soap box.
The total number of miles driven for the month went up compared to prior coronavirus impacted months mainly as a function of actually leaving the house to shop for groceries and taking children to their limited activities for the summer. Still, I only drove 254.3 miles for the month of June at an average efficiency of 6.2 miles per kWh.
Compared with my truck—which is an untrustworthy mechanical beast that left me stranded on the side of the interstate—I saved ~298 pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted, assuming that I pulled all of the electricity that I required from the grid at an average carbon intensity for my area. Obviously, I am pumping out quite a bit more solar than required by my household so the actual emissions savings are probably even greater.
The crazy thing over the past three months has been just how much our household driving has been reduced. For April, May, and June my driving is down 82%, 83%, and 54% respectively. This takes into account that we have been using the Nissan Leaf for almost 100% of our local and regional trips. So much so that my wife sold her car to her brother. Talk about savings. Plus, there is so much more space in the garage now.