Renewable energy and staying green has been a focus of a local resident which began last year.

Ray Kristinson, who lives in Morrin, has been using solar panels to power his home for the past year and encourages anyone considering using renewable solar energy, to act sooner rather than later.

"We're ahead of the game," explains Kristinson. "We're producing much more then we're using."

According to Kristinson, the initial investment to install a solar power farm on his property was on the higher side in costs but he assures it will eventually pay for itself in the thousands of dollars you'd save a year by using solar energy.

On top of saving money, the extra power he collects from using solar energy is sold back to the power company which either goes towards his monthly bill or is accumulated in credit.

"It's a win for the environment and in the long run it's, actually, a win for us too," he beamed.

Kristinson said that there is a confusing downside to dealing with the power companies on using a solar grid. His example outlined that if one receives a power bill for $30, a $90 delivery fee is attached to the bill. This fee, as mentioned before, is paid through the 'selling back' of solar energy to the grid but Kristinson feels that delivery fees should go both ways.

"With the power I'm selling back to them, I have my own infrastructure, and I'm trying to find a way to send them my delivery fee," he laughed.

According to Solar Panel Power Canada, an average household that requires a minimum of 7,500kW/year would cost the homeowner an investment of roughly $20,000 to get a solar farm installed on their property. Installing solar panels onto your property can also land you a tax rebate of up to 30% of your total yearly costs.

"It's worth looking into and I encourage other people to give it a try," recommended Kristinson.

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