Heat recently had air conditioners throbbing at 3:30 p.m. in every house on our block.
I checked in on our solar rooftop system it was fortunately battling the expensive peak demand that Modesto Irrigation District was providing. Our roof was putting out an excess two kilowatt-hours of power for use by our neighbors; by 5:30 p.m. it was still outputting an extra kwh beyond our home's demand.
All our electricity is made by 20 panels covering only a sixth of our home's roof. It gives us all the electricity we need for a whole year, and even powers our Nissan Leaf 6,000 miles each year!
It is in this hot summer weather that the 25-megawatt solar farm (http://is.gd/3t8N3P) on McHenry Avenue really pays off, generating 2 percent of MID's needs at a fixed rate.
Modesto can ramp up our solar output without using more prime farmland. The recently completed study by SSTI ( http:// is.gd/ry08wj) counted 29,002 Modesto residences that could generate 148 megawatts of power an extra 12 percent of MID's needs.
Modesto has several local solar companies that can help residents be part of this bright future.