Solarizing the Hudson Valley (Aired on July 2 & 3, 2016)

John Wackman

John Wackman

John Wackman, program manager for Solarize Hudson Valley, explains the ins and outs of solar panels in this RadioRotary interview. Solar power is a cost-effective way for most homeowners and businesses to reduce or even eliminate electric power bills while helping improve the environment by reducing both air pollution and global warming. Solar panels are 3-ft by 5-ft panels of glass and silica that produce DC electricity when they are exposed to sunshine. An array of panels on a roof or placed in yards or fields can produce more than enough current for a home or business on a sunny day; a device called an inverter changes the power to AC and a net meter sends excess power into the electric grid. When there is insufficient sunlight (for example at night), the net meter steers power from the grid into the home or business. Solarize Hudson Valley is a state and community agency that promotes solar power locally and helps find reliable installers who can set up the panels. Federal and state tax laws and loan help from NYSERDA make installations save money over loan repayment starting with the first full year of operation. Leasing is also available.

Learn more:
Solarize Hudson Valley
Solar Power Information
Global Warming

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July 2, 2016 · Posted in Environment, Hudson Valley