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Harnessing the power of the sun

Local homeowners taking advantage of solar incentives

Ryan Weil-Meggison, of Second Generation Energy, talks about the various devices in the Addingtons’ basement that convert their solar energy from DC to AC and track their production. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
July 31, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — To Mike Addington, putting solar cells on the roof of his house isn't necessarily an ecological thing to do.

"I'm not doing it because I'm green, I'm doing it because I'm conservative," he said, emphasizing the last word – and harkening back to a time when "conservative" and "conservation" still walked in tandem.

In his case, it has become a morning ritual to go down cellar and take a look at the meter as it racks up the wattage he's returning to the grid. Even at 6 a.m., when "the sun's not really up, it's already making 100 watts," he said, noting his first month's bill after installation showed zero energy use. National Grid actually owed him $15.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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