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Thursday, July 5, 2012 08:08 pm

SOLAR SPRINGFIELD

As if biking wasn’t already green enough, Robert LaBonte of Springfield has found a way to make the world’s most popular form of wheeled transit even more Earth-friendly. LaBonte, owner of The Bicycle Doctor, says any electric bikes purchased from his newly-renovated store at 1037 N. Fifth St. in Springfield will receive their first electrical charge from that hot, glowing orb in the sky. That’s because LaBonte installed a 1.47 kilowatt-hour solar panel array on his business last week, with an estimated yearly yield of 2,034 kilowatt-hours annually. For reference, the average U.S. house uses about 11,500 kilowatt-hours per year. Also, the Taylorville Municipal Airport installed a 19 kwh solar array in early June, and Springfield City Water, Light and Power offers rebates of up to $15,000 for households or businesses that install solar panels. And with the incorporation of carbon nanotube technology into solar panels, efficiency is expected to skyrocket in the coming years. For more information on CWLP’s Solar Rewards program, contact the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or nrgxprts@cwlp.com.
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