Boulder resident Thomas David Kehoe’s green dream turned into an eco-nightmare when his solar installer put up his photovoltaic panels in the shade, on a roof that couldn’t take the load and attached to old wiring that couldn’t handle the extra current.
Thomas David Kehoe’s home on 31st Street in Boulder is not a destination on Saturday’s Tour of Solar and Green Homes. Maybe it should be.
The tour, sponsored by the Center for ReSource Conservation, kicks off Solar Week in Boulder County. Saturday, people can tour one or more of the 14 homes CRC has on its list, all great examples of how solar power and green building strategies can cut energy costs.
Kehoe’s home is not a shining example, however. Instead, it’s a solar installation gone wrong, an example of what not to do when installing photovoltaic panels at your home. It’s a cautionary tale of old house meets inexperienced contractor.
“I’m one of those annoyingly green Boulder people,” said Kehoe, who owns Casa Futura Technologies, a company that makes electronic devices that treat speech disorders. “I’ve done everything I can to make my home energy efficient. My house is as green as a 1961 tract house can be. So putting solar on the roof was part of my goal to reduce my carbon footprint even further.” Read more