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Monday, May 18, 2009

From Renewable Report, a newsletter of WPPI Energy:

Richard and Margie Irland are demonstrating the capabilities and benefits of renewable energy technologies on the rooftop of their New Glarus, Wis. home.The Irlands worked with the local utility just more than a year ago to install a 3.1 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system that provides the couple’s home with clean, sustainable energy from the sun.

“We have noticed a significant cost savings since our installation,” said Richard Irland.“We also have the satisfaction of knowing we are doing our part to make a difference in improving the environment.”

New Glarus Light &Water and WPPI Energy supplied a $9,697 grant toward the purchase and installation of the $25,000 renewable system.

“I knew from the beginning that this was the right thing to do,” said Richard. “Every time I use something in our home or garage I know that the power is coming from my roof, and that gives me the satisfaction of knowing this is
paying off.”

Solar PV systems collect energy from sunlight and convert it into electricity, providing renewable, emissions-free energy.The Irland’s highly visible project demonstrates the environmentally friendly technology, while educating the community about the benefits, operation and performance of such systems.

The couple continues to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and have recently installed a solar domestic hot water system and increased insulation levels in their 15-year-old home.

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