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Sun power: Resident finds savings with solar panels

May 2, 2013

BARK RIVER — For most people, turning on a light bulb means using electricity from a power company, but for Terry DeLoughary that bulb’s light comes from the sun thanks to a solar panel in his yard....

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May-02-13 12:23 PM

I'm curious to how much money this guy actually has invested in the solar? I bet he has alot of money into it and to only save $100 a month?? And how much can he actually draw from that solar panel? So before you have a story on this great invention lets hear the facts!

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May-02-13 1:00 PM

I'm with papajack, there can't be a positive thing about this story! Never forget Solyndra! Renewable energy is a total sham!

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May-02-13 3:48 PM

I can provide you with some facts. I have been powering my house with solar and wind for about 7 years now. I have 2 wind turbines and 124 solar panels. I was the first in our area to be grid tied. Before they changed the net metering rules we were off grid. Now I have 3 grid tied systems to go with the off grid system, and have done alot of experimenting over the years with solar trackers, fixed panels, etc. all logged into a data logger. I And have helped design and install at least 2 dozen systems for other people, all at no charge, just because I knew that it worked so well for me that other people would benefit from it also. No complaints, in fact most people want to add more. And now that the prices have come down so much on panel prices. the sticker shock isn't so bad. In fact I just helped someone with an 11KW system for about $13,500, after the 30% federal tax credit thats $9,000 and if your electric bill was around $200 a month thats a 4 year payback. And if you take out a h

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May-02-13 3:49 PM

credit thats $9,000 and if your electric bill was around $200 a month thats a 4 year payback. And if you take out a home equity loan you can deduct the interest also. I tell people you can either pay the credit union for 4 years or the utility company for the rest of your life. I make enough "extra " electricity that I installed a mini split air conditioner/heat pump and just purchased an all electric Nissan Leaf, have not had an electric bill in years. Everything you need can be purchased online I usually get my panels from Sun Electronics (****sunelec****) they seem to have the best prices there are also online configuration tools to help you figure out series and strings, apps for shading, very easy for your average home owner to install himself

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May-02-13 5:50 PM

Sorry guys, I was just injecting some sarcasm. I'm all for renewable resources. Just like to call out the haters.

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May-03-13 7:31 AM

Just to clear things up a little so people understand. The article says that a solar panel was installed in thier yard. This is incorrect, what was installed is normally refered to as ARRAY made up of individual PANELS. Even Gerry or the press should have known that one.

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