Tawana Roberts — The News-Herald
The Willoughby Senior Center hosted an informational session for anyone who was interested in learning more about solar energy.
On April 20, Jack Hedge and Tom Rapini of Green Energy Ohio and Dovetail Solar and Wind Sales Representative Valerie Garrett discussed the importance and benefits of solar energy.
Rapini said solar energy is effective, economic and ecological.
There are many benefits to renewable energy, one of which is sustainability.
“It’s more about conservation, efficiency and embracing new technologies, rather than making sacrifices,” Rapini said. “There are four threats to our health and future.”
The concerns include climate change, pollution, resource depletion and energy costs.
Solar energy could be the answer to those problems, but many question its affordability and efficiency.
Mentor residents Rapini and Garrett and Hedge who lives in Columbus, each own solar systems. They agree that their solar panels receive adequate sun and their systems are cost-effective.
Hedge says he even charges his two electric cars using solar energy.
Rapini says prices have dropped significantly over the years making solar options more affordable.
Garrett discussed other financial incentives. She said solar powered homes sell for $15,000 more and the average home payback is 10 years.
This solar discussion was a prelude to the annual Solar Tour where people can get a hands-on experience viewing and talking to owners of homes and businesses that are using renewable energy.
The 15th annual Green Energy Ohio Tour will be held June 16, 17 and 18. On June 16, the Willoughby Senior Center will offer a bus tour for the event.
Program Director Rene Mastrangelo who organized the Solar Talk, said this event was a great way to celebrate Earth Day week.
“We try to offer to offer a variety of programs here for our members,” she said. “I think it is an important and different topic.“