783 Franklin Street is in the midst of adding a geothermal heating and cooling unit and will be adding PV solar panels later in October of 2013. This tour stop is a good illustration of what is involved when retrofitting an existing home with alternative energy. Jeff and MaryBeth Carlberg are moving towards alternative energy and energy independence and away from the use of natural gas.
Address: 783 Franklin Street, Skaneateles, NY
House Area: 3,100 square feet
Property Area: 40 acres
House Built: 1990
Alternative Energy: Geothermal and Photovoltaic solar panels
Date: Geothermal, September 2013, PV panels are to be installed later this fall
Installer: TAG Mechanical
Financials: The upfront cost for the 18 kW SunPower PV Panels is $94,000. The NYSERDA rebate is $21,000, NYS tax credit is $5,000, the Friends and Family discount for SunPower is $3,000 and the Federal Tax Credit is $28,000. The net cost of the panels is therefore $37,400.