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Rotary learns about solar-powered homes

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Members learn about pros of solar energy from Envirosolar Power

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ATHENS–Envirosolar Power employees shed light on the pros of converting solar energy to residential electricity during the June 20 Athens Rotary Club meeting.
Zach Mauldin and Grant Mitterlehner told Rotarians about the $17 billion industry that they said is expected to double in the next decade, with Texas at the solar-power epicenter. Their Dallas/Fort Worth-based company offers solar panel installation as well as options that create smart homes through mobile device-controlled automation.
Mauldin said the solar panels require no maintenance and are “unbelievably durable,” withstanding high winds and hailstorms while saving up to 80 percent on energy bills. He said solar panels can produce extra power beyond residential needs that goes into the Texas power grid, for which homeowners receive credits that can be cashed out at the end of the year, or rolled into monthly financing.
Mitterlehner said solar panels are usually added to roofs using a racking system that leaves a three or four-inch gap between the two. He said solar panels are exempt from property tax valuation increases in Texas and that solar homes sell three or four times quicker than traditionally powered residences. Mitterlehner added that solar panels are homeowners’ association friendly and that his company does the legwork to obtain necessary installation permits.
The Envirosolar employees said the federal government is allowing a 30 percent tax incentive through the end of 2019, after which the rate decreases to 26 percent and then 22 percent over the next two years.
For more information about solar panel systems as explained to Athens Rotary, visit or call (888) 576-5270.


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