Solar Power Gets Green

9 years 3 months 3 weeks ago June 04, 2007 Jun 4, 2007 Monday, June 04 2007 Monday, June 04, 2007 9:23:41 PM CDT in News

Customers who produce more energy than they need can sell it back to Columbia Water and Light for seven cents per kilowatt hour.

"I think this is going to encourage people and hopefully give them the idea to take a look at the system to see if it works for them," said Dan Dasho with Columbia Water and Light.

Catherine Mouton and her husband are the only Columbia residents to have solar panels, but they aren't Columbia Water and Light customers.

"So far everything has worked perfectly," said Mouton. "The wind storms, small amount of hail, everything's been fine."

Neighbors call the Mouton home the "tech house" because of its unique solar panel roof.  At peak sunlight during the day, the Moutons can generate as much as 4,000 kilowatts per hour of electric energy. That's enough energy to light 40 light bulbs.

"The solar panels maybe environmentally friendly but they can put a dent in your wallet."We got $50,000 worth of solar panels on the roof," said Mouton. "We're going to be spending 30 years paying that back in electricity, so that's not a reasonable investment."

The Moutons expect to sell back about a quarter of their electricity this month.

To learn more about how Columbia will join in on solar power collection, click on the links on this page.

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