Solar panels will cut utility cost for Extreme Makeover home

Solar panels will cut utility cost for Extreme Makeover home

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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The installation of five tall gray posts in front of the Watson's new home have many volunteers and spectators wondering what they are.

Lori Gano, one of the project managers, explained, "The poles that are out here next to the house are actually there for solar panel installation."

Gano says solar panels are not really common in most builds in the area, but for this home there was an exception.
    
"With Extreme they push for us to build green, which we think is exceptional," said Gano. "We had a company step up, Efficient Energy of Tennessee, and they offered the solar panels without ever going out to ask. They have been exceptional to work with."

The solar panels will not be the Watson's main source of electricity, but will give them credit towards their utility bill.

They estimate the solar panels will save them $400 a month.
    
"They are fairly simple to install," said Gano. "I think the worst part of the installation was actually drilling out here in the middle of our mud slide. There will be five arrays once it's complete."

They will wait to install the solar panels until the end, so they will not get damaged.
 

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