Project Type:  Residential
System Size:  7.5 kW
Mounting:  Ground Mount
Module:  Trina 250W × 30 Panels
Inverter:  Fronius


Estimated Production:  9,270 kWh/Year
Energy Offset:  104%
Estimated Savings:  $96/Month
Estimated CO2 Offset:  61,001 lb/Year
Equivalent to:
Reduction of emissions from
66,314 Miles driven,

Reduction of CO2 emissions from
3,113 gallons of gasoline consumed

Greenhouse gas emissions from
8.8 tons or 1.3 garbage truck of waste
recycled instead of landfilled

CO2 offset from 717 tree seedlings
grown for 10 years

Carbon sequestered by 26.2 acres
of U.S. forests in one year

Councilwoman Mary Scharf and her partner Boyce live in Malone right along the Salmon River. “One of the prettiest places in Northern NY,” she calls it.

Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Malone Chamber of Commerce. When she went to a Renewable Energy Conference that was sponsored by the COC, she learned about not just the environmental, but also the financial benefit of solar. She and other members of the COC decided to start the movement to bring renewable energy to Malone and help the homeowners save money through solar. After they put it out to bid, Mary was approached by Apex through a mutual friend and started her own solar journey from there.

Because the roof of her house was too shaded, Mary decided to go with a ground mount instead. When it comes to incentives, Mary says “I got a big chunk back right off the top from NYSERDA, and then another sizable amount from my federal income taxes.” Although Mary didn’t get as much

state tax credits back as she had hoped due to her retired status, she was pleasantly surprised when her electric bill went from $250 to $17.90 (service charge) for the following summer. “Well, now this was worth it!” says Mary.

Mary remarks that even though it was difficult for the installers to trench through all the gravels for the system, it took them less than a day to finish the installation. “The installers were very polite, respectful and courteous,” Mary adds.

“My partner is a passionate environmentalist, so I don’t get away with much.” Mary laughs. Then in a more serious tone, she continues: “We are environmentally responsible – we recycle everything; we don’t use pesticides… the chickens take care of the Japanese beetles in the garden, and we give the eggs away to people in need… and because we live on the Salmon River, we protect our environment tremendously.” Mary concludes a sense of commitment and dedication:“We’ll do anything we can to make our world a better place.”


Easy to install and maintain because there are no moving parts. It is more scalable than other ground mounts and easily accessible for cleaning. Ideal on a spacious yard.


A pole mount is an elevated solar array supported by a single pole. It is a durable structure that is also manually adjustable to boost annual yield. It takes up less space and can installed even on slopes.


Dual-axis trackers follow the sun from dawn to dusk capturing all of the energy the sun provides, resulting in 30% higher yield than a standard fixed ground mounted system.


More scalable than a roof mounted system. A ground mounted system can be sized to match your electricity demand without the space restrictions of a roof mounted system.


Unlike a rooftop system which can be restricted by the roof’s orientation or angle. Ground mounts can be positioned, oriented and angled to maximize solar production.


Ground mounted solar system can be installed on open land so you don’t need to worry about roof obstructions such as chimneys or skylights that might affect your solar production.

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