Living Off the Grid

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Richard and Kristen Weber stand in front of their solar panel energy source at their Story home.
Richard and Kristen Weber stand in front of their solar panel energy source at their Story home.

A $57,000 investment in solar has this Story couple smiling. Richard and Kristen Weber have peace of mind knowing that when the power goes out, their lights and heat won’t.

That’s a pretty big price tag considering solar isn’t particularly efficient, cost-wise. Financial help in the amount of $12,000 in grant money was awarded from the Wyoming Business Council and the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A 30% tax credit didn’t hurt either.

More than independence and security, for Kristen Weber, solar means peace of mind.

It’s a 5000 watt system with 24 solar panels that saves the Weber’s close to $2.00 each day. It's more bang for their buck through the kilowatt hours they don’t have to buy and that’s not a bad deal considering today’s investment market.

Through experience they say there are a lot of fly-by-night dealers that don’t have the knowledge about solar that are simply pushing products and are not reliable. The Weber’s strongly advise that anyone interested in going solar do their homework.

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