Arriving before sunup, we were 30th in line. After placing our order we waited 28 months, 10 days, and 4 hours for the first dual motor long-range model 3 to arrive in the Midwest. Driving an electric vehicle was another way for us to be part of the climate challenge solution.
In 2012 we renovated our frumpy, drafty, old A-frame Eagle Bluff Learning Center residence into an energy-balanced living environment. We reduced our energy consumption by 78% and became the 9th home in North America to receive the 1,000 Home Challenge. Over the years our home’s renovation has served as a model for many others and has continuously stimulated our curiosity to embrace innovative technologies.
When Joe retired, it was time to move on. High on our list was continuing to live in a sustainable manner. Priority number one was to have enough southern exposure to install a solar shingle roof. Our wish list also included enough land to establish prairies and being able to catch sight of an eagle or two. If we got real lucky, we’d be close to moving water.
After months of trying to find a piece of land, Joe decided to buy Tesla solar roof shingles when he learned they’d become available in Minnesota. His argument was, “We need to get them ordered. We need to get on their schedule.” I agreed.
So we had a roof, but no land and no house drawings. To say the least, putting money down on solar shingles intensified our search and within two weeks we’d purchased 1.1 acres of land with good southern exposure within the city of Lanesboro.