Renewable energy use grows on Peninsula 

By Dan Schwartz | Peninsula Clarion: Production and use of renewable energy sources on the Kenai Peninsula such as solar panels and wind turbines has increased at a surprising rate, local utility officials said.

The idea is catching on for several reasons, residents said — it’s green, practical and the price, compared to other sources, is relatively stable.

Brad Hibberd, Homer Electric Association systems engineer, said 54 homes and businesses have installed solar panels or wind turbines, as they adopted HEA’s net metering program since October 2008. The growing program allows members to generate and consume electricity from their solar or wind units to offset — but not terminate — their dependency of HEA’s grid.

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