EV CHARGING STATION: We’ve installed 2 x Level 2 chargers in the main parking area at Sleepy Hollow. Top off your car whether you’re here for a wedding, skiing, or mountain biking! $2/hr payable at inn.
SOLAR PANELS EVERYWHERE: Exciting news…. Our solar arrays are starting to really add up. We have 10 separate solar installations now around Sleepy Hollow & our family’s houses! We now have just over 100 kw installed capacity.
- 15kw array near the inn in Oct. 2019… 5 year payback period.
- 15kw array just down the road near Molly’s house (also in Oct. 2019). 5 year payback period.
- 4 kw solar array (Sept. 2018) on the porch of Sleepy Hollow Inn.
- 6 kw solar (Oct. 2018) on Dave & Sandy’s barn roof.
- 10kw fixed solar array near Eli’s house in July 2017. This new array is right next to two 8 kw Allsun tracker arrays we currently have in operation since 2009.
- 15kw (Aug, 2016) in Jane Meadows along Sherman Hollow Rd. 5.5 year payback period.
- 24kw (Dec, 2012) solar panel installations located at Jane Meadows (1 mile from inn). 6.2 year payback. Note this array is already paid back and producing freeeeee energyyyyyy!!
- 8kw Allearth trackers ( 2 x 4kw arrays) installed partway up Ski Lodge Drive back in 2009. 16 year payback period
- 2kw on Eli’s roof (installed between 2006-2018)
- 3kw on Sandy and Dave’s roof (installed around 2008).
Whew! Lots of solar. We’re excited about these systems for a few reasons. This should produce enough electricity to produce 100% of our electric needs at Sleepy Hollow, including our snowmaking operation (we’ll know for sure after a year of operation). It should provide enough electricity to also power our family’s 3 houses on the property as well. We did most of the install on our own to keep costs down. Construction costs of our new 15kw array were $17,000 (after state and federal rebates). In 2012 our 24kw array costs were $31,250 (after state and federal rebates). This makes a payback period of approximately 6.2 years (24kw array) and 5.5 years for the 15kw array. Not too shabby.
HEAT PUMPS IN EVERY GUEST ROOM: In 2017 we installed heat pumps in each guest room. We still have oil as backup heat, but 95% of our inn’s heating and cooling now happen by those heat pumps.
SOLAR HOT WATER: Since 2012 we have 3 solar hot water panels. This will save us up to $2000 per year in heating costs. The system is designed to store water during the week. We have 240 gallons of hot water storage, when our inn is not as busy. When the weekend rolls around we’ll have plenty of hot water for all our inn guests! Check out the panels on the roof of our inn the next time you visit.
GREEN LAWN MAINTENANCE: In 2017 we converted our Cub Cadet zero turn mower from gas to electric. It has a 5kwh lithium battery and can mow for up to 1 hour at a time. It’s much quieter, and smells good too. We also have an electric battery powered chainsaw for trail maintenance. Most recently in 2021 we replaced our gas powered backpack leaf blower with an electric model. Not only do we do our lawn maintenance with it, but also our mountain bike trail leaf blowing as well.
ONGOING PROJECTS: We have a 1964 Huber Grader that we’re converting to electric to grade our driveway. We are also working to convert a 2012 Pistenbully 400 from diesel to electric. Stay tuned on these fun and environmentally friendly projects.