Local Companies Going Green with Solar Panels

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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When the world celebrates Earth Day every April 22, its more than just recycling and planting trees. Some local companies are making a difference for the environment in a big way.

"You buy something new, you plug it in, you get your electric bill, you just pay for it," Rob Peck, a design consultant for North Wind Renewable Energy said, "that's not the way we want to necessarily look at our future."

The way of electricity is changing in Portage County, all with the help of solar panels.

Tom Klismith of Klismith Tax Group says putting solar panels up to power his business has made a big difference.

"Our very first year was our best performance," Klismith said, "I think that had to do with the sun, and the next year was a little bit down, we just finished year three and it was the best year ever."

Solar panels can cost close to $20,000. But the investment will save the Earth's green, and save green in your wallet as well.

"You're going to be paying your electric bill anyways, would you rather pay your utility company or would you rather pay yourself," Rob Peck said, "these modules have a 20-25 year life, it takes 12 years to pay them off, but then you have 18 years of free energy that you'll realize after you've paid yourself."

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