Why one Flat Rock couple went solar

“How can I be a good neighbor?”


That’s the question Bill Miller asked himself when he designed and built his house in Flat Rock, NC, back in 2015.

And as a retired environmental engineer, he doesn’t just mean the folks who live on his street.

When he reached out to us at Sugar Hollow Solar, Bill and his wife Paige saw switching to solar as a path to live a cleaner life, keep long-term costs down, and be a responsible neighbor, both locally and globally.

We checked in with the Millers over a year into their freshly solar powered life.

The verdict?

First, they’re gratified to know they’ve vastly reduced their coal use. Cost-wise, they report a $12 average monthly electric bill — that’s a tenth of the NC average — with a winter high of $45.

And while solar isn’t exactly soaking up sun from every rooftop in their neighborhood yet, the Millers don’t mind being pioneers.

“We made our house a little natural power plant,” says Bill. “We do get a lot of questions when folks visit, but they’re always positive. People think it’s really great.”


What are your questions about solar? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Dianne on January 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah for sunshine and our ability to harness its’ energy!

    • Kathryn Stewart on January 22, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      You nailed it, Dianne. Sunshine is SO cool. We humans are late to the solar party, but we’re finally learning what plants have known all along. ;P

  2. Amanda on January 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I’m looking forward to making the same contribution to my community and to the world very soon. Thank you Sugar Hollow Solar.

    • Kathryn Stewart on January 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Woohoo! That’s exciting Amanda, thanks for sharing!

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