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Solar Energy: What a Source of Power
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by Michelle Liefke, MTV Solar | 2011

Here's another way to stick it to King Coal: use wind and solar energy!

Thomas Edison was noted to say, “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

Is there an insured investment that can combat an economic crisis and secure an energy future? We may not know the future of the stock market. But there is a sustainable solution to grow American jobs and a healthy financial future along with providing domestic, clean energy. It’s solar energy.

How long have we been renting energy from utility companies? If we were given the option to eliminate some, or all, of our energy bills and own our energy within seven years, would we? Today, there are excellent incentives, thanks to federal and state initiatives. With the ever-increasing price of fossil fuel energy, many have chosen to invest in their own roof or ground space. In these times, people find it liberating to be an independent power producer and, at the same time, empowering to contribute to a more stable American economy. Whatever the reason for considering a solar energy system, it is more affordable now than ever to be empowered by the power of the sun. Sunlight is a free and infinite resource. It only needs to be collected.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of adding solar power to your own home, here are two companies you might want to consider contacting for further information:

PIMBY (Power in My Backyard), based in Thomas, WV, has been installing photo voltaic and wind turbine systems in our state for several years. More information is available at the company’s website: . Or, you may contact owner/operator Matt Sherald at:  or 304-704-5943.

Mountain View Solar & Wind, based in Berkeley Springs, WV, is currently offering a price break to Mountain State Sierrans and others who sign a contract with them before January 31, 2012. All those participating will be included in a Group Purchase Program to take advantage of bulk order pricing. The more panels purchased during this program, the better the collective price will be for those who are registered. For more details on the Group Purchase Program, please contact Michelle Liefke at 240-818-8333 or 877-96-SOLAR, or via e-mail at: . More info about the company can be found at their website, .

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