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Riverstone, explained that startup costs can also affect people’s choices: “While it’s feasible to get power to a property, given the expense, a lot of people choose to go the alternative route.” Compare the rates for the local rural electrical cooperative listed on the Northern Lights, Inc. Single Phase Power

application with the rates listed within the Planning Guide & Catalog of Backwoods Solar, the local company that has made a big name in the alternative energy market. Northern Lights (NLI) initially charges $3,355, which covers the application, engineering fee, mobilization fee and the hookup/impact fee for one meter. From that point, the rate to run the electrical power becomes $9 per foot plus any additional applicable fees or costs for permitting, easements, road bores or pushes; extraordinary construction for terrain or obstructions; any engineering time over eight total manhours; poles, junction huts, or additional transformers; plus any number of other items that may alter an installation. In short, if you need to bring power a mile to reach your home, you’ll spend in excess of $50,000 – plus thereafter, you’ll pay your monthly electric bill. These installation costs are all due prior to the job being released for construction. According to Alirene Mulliner, member service specialist with NLI, a customer with a new installation is paying all the actual costs to bring power from the best available point on the line to their location. The rebates and plans that existed over a decade ago to help mitigate these expenses are no longer available. By comparison, according to the examples provided by Backwoods Solar, the components necessary to build a solar system capable of providing energy for a large home/small business cost between $28,000 and $40,000. One caveat to

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In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...