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family sends solar power back into the grid

I ran into an article by KTBS 3 today that described an average family in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana that purchased a solar power system three weeks ago which offsets 50% of their electric usage. The grid connected solar power system takes advantage of net metering which allows the family to “bank” renewable energy credits when their home is producing a surplus. When everyone is out of the house during business / school hours the home will be producing electricity and pushing it back into the grid.

The Niten family says that their primary motivation is to lower their carbon footprint by generating their own clean power versus traditional sources that leave us dependent on foreign entities and do harm to the environment. Natural Gas and coal are traditional forms of power generations which are not “clean” like solar power. It’s being efficient, helping the environment and empowering the family to be independent from traditional electricity companies and raising rates.

The quote that got me interested in the story was when Tommy Niten said,“I possibly plan on adding to the solar system later on and upgrading it to produce more of my power.”

Solar Power is scalable, which is something we here at often tell consumers, many people call in inquiring about solar and are determined to eliminate 100% of their usage right off the bat with solar panels, although realistically, it is way out of their budget to do so. If most consumers set small goals, to buy 25% of their electricity capacity at a time and make solar power a staged approach, all of a sudden the investment looks much realistic. This story is not bragging about some great big project, but a small one that can make a difference for a family and leads them one step closer to producing their entire electric needs and truly be energy independent.

Author: Deep Patel

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