RHINELANDER – Solar panels are an efficient way to save energy.
For Kevin Kane, it’s a no-brainer. His current project is saving people hundreds on their electricity bills.
“Almost everyone we have helped is saving more every given month than they are paying right now.,” Kane said.
Kane is part of Citizen Action Wisconsin. He’s part of a program that’s installing solar panels–but also saving people money and creating jobs.
“One person I’m currently helping is saving more than two thousand a year on their mortgage and utility payments and they’re getting solar panels out of it,” said Kane.
Saving money is really just a byproduct of the program. His mission is to create jobs through upgrading the energy efficiency of homes.
In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, some people have been out of work for a while.
“According to climate experts, upgrading homes to be energy efficient was the single biggest thing that you can do to cut carbon emissions,” said Kane.
Citizen Action has installed more than a dozen solar panels in Wisconsin just this year. But the coronavirus pandemic hasÂ http://Â slowed things down.
Kane has had success as far North as Wausau, but he wants to break into the Northwoods.
His team is looking for people willing to switch over to using solar panels.
“Our goal is to try to find a critical mass, probably about 20 people, who all will want to figure out how to put solar panels on their homes right now so that we can push and urge the market to deliver better prices to people,” Kane said.
In other words, the more people who want solar panels, the more bargaining power to save these people money.
“We’re looking for people who probably didn’t think that they could get solar panels if they had to pay out of pocket. Because together through this program, through the group of us doing this, we believe we can deliver them to people who thought it was out of reach,” said Kane.