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Steve
02-06-2007, 03:13 PM
Check out this lco. They have installed solar panels and now make money selling energy back to the power company.

Have you ever thought about installing solar panels?

Remarkable Business Sense Includes Sustainable, ''Green'' Practices (http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070206005748&newsLang=en) - With green energy a hot button, one Florida landscape firm owner concluded that his 30 million dollar company could significantly save in electric and fuel costs while selling energy back to the grid! In one week, Nanak’s Landscaping Inc. has avoided emitting 1,734 lbs. in greenhouse gases (CO2) into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the energy required for powering 28 homes for one day, or the energy needed to operate a television for 5,442 hours (227 days).

With renewable energy an inevitable direction for sustainable business, this Florida landscape firm was savvy enough to quickly apply for the state’s Alternative Energies Technologies Grant Program. “The program helped by making suggestions on the quality of materials required and provided a solid profile of what would best suit the grant qualifications,” said Sampuran Khalsa, president of Nanak’s Landscaping. His company’s plan was approved and has taken the first step toward a renewable future in Florida.

As part of the 2006 Florida Energy Act, the grant program, according to the Florida Energy Office, is designed to “stimulate capital investment in the state and promote and enhance the statewide utilization of renewable energy technologies.”

“We are actually making more energy than we need and selling the excess power back to the grid,” said Mike Swaggerty, Orlando branch manager for Nanak’s. “Our electric meter is actually spinning backwards!” he continued.

Installing a 20.1 kW Solar PV System at their Orlando facility and corporate headquarters, Nanak’s has been operating on solar power since January 19 of this year. In the week following, Nanak’s has avoided emitting 1,734 lbs. in greenhouse gases (CO2) into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the energy required for powering 28 homes for one day, or the energy needed to operate a television for 5,442 hours (227 days).

http://nanaks.com/saving.energy.html