CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
MAY 13, 2010
Clearwater Power installs wind turbine, solar panels
Installation on headquarters is part of demonstration project
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Many people are interested in putting in wind or solar power in their own backyard. The project was installed for educational purposes to demonstrate the actual costs and electric generation from typical residential systems. The project also demonstrates how to connect to the electric grid safely and legally.
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The 1,000 watt solar array
consists of six 165-watt panels. The wind turbine is capable of generating 2,400
watts. The turbine is mounted on top of a 45-foot pole. A sign board
at the project explains more about the equipment and is designed to create a
self-guided tour. Groups and individuals are welcome to come out to our
Net metering is a method of measuring electricity used and produced at a home or business with its own renewable energy generation, like wind or solar. When more electricity is being generated than is being used, the meter turns backwards, crediting the account the full retail value of the electricity.
When the electric use is more
than that being generated, the meter turns forward. The member pays for the net
use at the end of the billing period.
Clearwater Power Company is a
member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving electricity to over 10,000
accounts in 11 counties in North Central Idaho,