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(Continued from Cover) Nowitzki pointed out the benefits
of solar: reducing one’s electric bill, “Locking-in” one’s electric
rates, adding to a building or house will add to the resale value,
environmental reasons and energy independence.
“It’s perfectly metered,” he told those in attendance, one reads off exactly how much energy was produced.
The pros, said Nowitzki, said will take a look at the site.
“We need a lot of access to the sun and we need it all year,” he told them. There needs to be space inside and outside the building or home.
The way it works, he showed during the PowerPoint presentation, is panels take the light from the sun to DC voltage; the inverter changes DC to AC voltage; main electrical panel delivers power throughout the house; unused power returns to the meter, running it backwards (which gives the business or homeowner credit that can be used later) and the grid acts as storage for unused power.
There was a discussion of Solarize NY, which is an effort to make solar more affordable through group discounts and community-driven initiatives.
The regional implementation of the statewide program is called Solarize Hudson Valley, which has the goal to increase the number of businesses and residential installations.
Read the full story in this week’s print edition.
The Beacon Players, comprising Beacon High School students, will hold its 2nd Annual "Concert in the Park" this Saturday, August 29 11-7 p.m. at Memorial Athletic Field. - Courtesy photo
by Goldee Greene, Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment
Who needs "America's Got Talent" when hot Beacon High School
talent is right here in town? The Beacon Players, comprising gifted
Beacon High performing artists, holds its 2nd annual "Concert in the
Park" this Saturday, August 29th from 11 a.m. to 7 at Memorial Park
Athletic Field. Admission is free with all proceeds benefiting the
Beacon Players' 2015-2016 season.
Company director Anthony Scarrone expressed enthusiasm. "Our Concert in the Park was so great last year we decided to do it bigger and better this year," he said. "It's a family-friendly event with over fifty craft vendors and local organizations. There will be a "Kiddie Korner" magical show, fun games and many activities for the entire family. And of course plenty of musical performances throughout the day, both local and visiting musical artists of all types."
Firefighters respond to electrical fire on Main St.
Firefighters responded to 512 Main Street for a working fire on August 20. - Photo courtesy Ernie Wilson