Generate your own power
As public concern for the environment increases, so does interest in
renewable energy systems. Many customers are interested in installing a
solar or wind electric-generating system to help offset their utility
bills as well as help the environment.
Renewable energy systems consist of a generator of some form (solar panels, wind generator, etc.), an inverter to convert the direct current output of the generator into alternating current (if the generator doesn't produce AC current) and potentially a storage mechanism like batteries to store the generator's output.
The final cost of the electricity must reflect the cost of the generating equipment, whether it's a wind turbine, a solar panel or a hydroelectric turbine. On generators with smaller output, this cost can be quite high.
Remember to take advantage of federal tax incentives. The federal
Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides tax incentives for certain energy
efficiency products and technologies. The Web is a great resource for
tax information. Here's a
link to a site, developed by several governmental agencies and
other organizations, that is up-to-date and user friendly. Additional
information is available at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and
You might be interested in learning about our "Net Metering" program. By connecting your generating system directly to Clark Public Utilities’ electric system you can gain credit if your generation exceeds your consumption from the utility. Net Metering is offered to renewable energy sources generating not more than 300 kW (three hundred kilowatts) using wind, solar, fuel cells or a small hydroelectric system.
If you are thinking of investing in a solar water heating call Energy Services at 360-992-3355 or e-mail us. If you are interested in wind energy, a solar photovoltaics electric system or would like additional information about Net Metering contact Sam Walker at 360-992-3354.