Loading

47°F

49°F

43°F

45°F

41°F

50°F

43°F

52°F

41°F

46°F

52°F

43°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

Local interest in solar energy growingSubmitted: 08/19/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


EAGLE RIVER - No matter how high energy prices get, our dependence remains the same. We see alternative energy production booming in other parts of the country, but many people feel like it's just not that feasible here.

One Northwoods couple says it is. Kevin and Marta Church own K and M Services, Inc. They've become certified to install solar panels, and decided to start with their own home.

The churchs aren't completely off the grid. That means they produce their own energy during the day, and use energy from WPS at night. But since the installation last October, the energy they buy from WPS has gone from 1,700 kilowatts per hour, to 400.

When they made the change, they found a lot of people had questions about solar energy.

"Some of the misconceptions are we don't have enough sun. We're on the same latitude line as Germany, and they're the largest solar producer in the world. It's just a matter of trees in the area," says Kevin Church.

The couples 24 panel project cost about $32,000. They hope it will have paid for itself in seven years.

But projects can be on a much smaller scale; even as small as four panels for about $1,500.

Energy companies like WPS encourage people to look into their options.

"For customers that do install solar generation or wind generation, Wisconsin Public Service does have a specific program to buy back any excess energy produced by those programs. It's called our net metering program," says Leah Van Zile, says Wisconsin Public Service.

There are other incentives too. For example, the Churchs got $1,200 from Focus on Energy for their solar panel project. They also got a 30 percent federal tax credit.

The Churchs are among only a handfull of people certified to install solar panels in far Northern Wisconsin. But they say interest is picking up.



Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

GLIDDEN - A Glidden man hopes to make his community more accessible.

Ryan Thimm uses a wheelchair after an ATV accident four years ago.

He started the Ryan Thimm Handicap Reserve to raise money to make the community more accessible.

Thimm has already made changes to many places in the community, and has plans for others.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN - Severe weather can strike at any time in north central Wisconsin. Emergency Management services encourage people to have a NOAA Weather Radio to be prepared during a storm.

Weather radios cost about $30. They are a 24 hour source of any weather warnings and information.

Emergency Management says they're very useful, especially with unpredictable Wisconsin weather.

"A NOAA Weather Radio is an all hazards weather radio," said Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant Dawn Robinson. "We recommend all households should have them, for lots of different reasons. Of course they're going to alert you to weather related events. They can also be alerted for other events, such as a missing child."

Emergency Management also wants people to know the radios are very easy to program and use.

+ Read More

MADISON - The state Department of Justice is asking a federal judge to toss out Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit demanding that she be allowed to retain her title as Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him with former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell.

Milwaukee, a major league-worst 7-18, lost 40 of its final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year after the Brewers led the NL Central for nearly five months, and a 2-13 start this season.

Counsell, a 44-year-old Milwaukee-area native, was given a contract through the 2017 season, the Brewers said Monday.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - The beautiful weather puts many people in the mood to get outside and enjoy the Northwoods.

A store in Eagle River carries many items you may need as the weather starts to get nicer.

+ Read More

Play Video

WASHINGTON, DC - Last Monday, 81 local veterans and their guardians boarded a plane to Washington, DC for the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Many of the veterans on the flight boarded, thinking their service had been forgotten. However, they soon realized that wasn't the case.

A passerby stopped, took off his hat, and stuck out his hand.

"Thank you for your service," he said to a veteran walking by.

+ Read More

MADISON - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here