24-Oct-2017- Regina, Saskatchewan
Regina co-op hopes to make solar power more accessible to customers
Stephen Hall began exploring solar power as a way of securing the environment for his daughters’ future.
Then he found the economic benefit.
“When I talk about solar … I don’t go near environmental concerns, because it can open some ideological cans of worms,” said Hall, who had solar panels installed on his Lakeview house almost three years ago.
“The reality is it makes economic sense; profoundly it makes economic sense.”
Hall planned to share his story on Monday evening at a solar power co-operative meeting at the Artful Dodger.
Hall isn’t shy in discussing his experience.
Solar power was an expensive investment off the hop — the 30 panels on his roof cost $28,000 and required borrowing from a line of credit, although SaskPower provided a $5,000 rebate.
However, Hall’s monthly power bill has been reduced to $170 a month (which includes the cost of paying down the loan), compared with $185 before.