"Solar Energy"

By KBJR News 1

"Solar Energy"

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM CST

With the hot weather we have had for the past few days, those of us with air conditioners are dreading the electric bill.

But what if you could cut that bill in half? Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson gives us some options in "Your Green Life"

The price for energy keeps rising and it seems like there is no end in sight but if you're looking to cut your energy usage, conserving and using energy wisely is your first step. Next you could consider generating your own electricity, but make sure you have a lot of sunshine.

"Year round we have good solar exposure. November, December, and January we do not get a lot of sun, but year round we get an awful lot of sun, we get sun when our atmosphere is very clear,", said Doug Manthey with Conservation Technologies.

Photovoltaic panels are a simple, clean, and efficient way to generate home electricity, but they should only be used where you get sunlight from 9am to at least 3pm.

"If you want to offset ten percent or make ten percent of your energy renewable we can do that, If you want to make 100 percent, we can do that. If you want to make 125 percent and actually sell back to the utility. If you want to make a year round picture and make more energy than you are consuming, we can do that as well", said Doug.

Also, putting a panel on a solar tracker can help the panels to obtain more solar energy, but it can also increase the cost.

"Electric Payback is 20 to 25 years, and the warranty is 20 to 25 years on the panels", said Doug.

With no moving parts and a solid construction Manthey believes that businesses and homeowners can expect several decades of green energy production.
For the Northlands NewsCenter, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Tax Credits available:
Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity

Expires:
December 31, 2016

Details:
Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principal residence. Rentals and second homes do not qualify.

For more, visit www.energystar.gov/taxcredits

Or Call Conservation Technologies at: (218) 722-9003

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