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Might as well begin with a disclaimer so that you can rest assured I am neither an authority on the power grid, nor an expert in the effectiveness of solar and alternative energies.

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Editorial, Pages 83 on 03/16/2014

Print Headline: Solar’s day dawning


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  • LContreras
    March 17, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

    Mike, perfect timing and awesome details on Solar power generation!

    APSC must make the best decision for the future of the Ozarks, for seven generations. APSC has the power to choose the best solution, not simply one of six routes for a 50 miles long, 50 yard wide right of way with 1800’s obsolete technology. The SWEPCO line is not about providing service. AEP is not a public utility but a giant electrical contractor moving in the direction of Enron’s business model playing in the bond market. Engineers are not investment wizards; AEP shareholders should take notice.

    Homeland Security risk is a top national priority, with billions of dollars spent trying to secure miles of transmission lines, thousands of unattended substations secured with chain link fences, and millions of low voltage transformers on wooden poles on the power lines connecting with homes and businesses.

    Onsite solar is simple and easy to install: it took eight hours for the first 16 panels, and 4 hours for the six additional panels installed to have a 5.5 Kilowatt roof-top array. Like Lego blocks, you can occupy the Grid one panel at a time. We are now generating 75% of what we use. Our solar system is secure, you would have to disable 22 panels on a steep roof, guarded by four awesome dogs. Not an easy task.

    More importantly, we are Power Generators, not ratepayers.

    Mike, thank you for staying on top of the C&H pigs, and the hogs on the Buffalo River.

    With respect and affection, Doc and Crystal

  • LContreras
    March 18, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

    With one awesome newspaper article, Mike Masterson may have stopped the obsolete and unnecessary 50 mile SWEPCO line to Kings River, AR. In addition to crisp data on solar power generation and new business opportunities, he gives a wonderful example we can all understand: the nations’ best energy-independent home was built by former Fayetteville Mayor Dan Coody and his wife Deborah, using solar panels. Thank you Mike, as always, your words are compelling and your timing is perfect.