Vv june 2016 issue 92 web

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att makes more cents? All joking aside what does make more sense? Spend $30 to $40 thousand on an oversized 4 wheel drive, crew cab grocery getter, which will continue to cost you lots of money to own, repair, and operate. Or spend $10,000 on something that will benefit the environment, require almost zero maintenance, last 20+ years, and actually provide around 5% return on the investment? And I almost forgot: Will provide good, healthy, local jobs. Veridian Energy Co-operative provided and installed my 3.2 kW solar system. In the past I have worked with one the co-op members, Don Skerik, and trust Don completely. Kuan is another member of the co-op team, and is the guy who surveys your location and runs the numbers to tell you whether your situation warrants considering Solar Photo-voltaic or not. Another easy-to-like, trustworthy, knowledgeable sort of guy. I have a decent roof orientation for solar, I had the money, and my wife (an educator) definitely supported going solar. From the time Kuan provided the quote, to

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the install being completed (including the paperwork and approval from BC Hydro), was 20 days. At least a week of that was me asking questions and making up my mind, so it really took all of two weeks from contacting Kuan, to completion of the install. Solar isn’t going to work for everyone, nor on every building. What I do know though is that, for me, it makes a better return than my GICs have been making with a lot less volatility. Add to that Hydro rates which will continue to rise, even much higher if Site C is completed, and that is if it is on budget! That will make my return even more attractive. What is next? An electric car. Perfect for 95% of our driving! Submitted by Stephen Garnett.

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