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Blas family invests in solar panels

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - We first introduced Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics products to you a couple of months ago and onw you hear a customer's perspective on thinking green.

Tony and Bernie Blas have been wanting to invest in solar paneling for the last eight years but it wasn't until March of this year that it became a reality, taking advantage of the sun's rays they are now the proud producers of 900 kilowatts of power per month which equates to six kilowatts per hour. Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics sales associate Patrick Blas said, "Their set up is they have 24 panels on the roof and again those 24 panels get bumped down into ac power via the micro inverters and therefore their power uses and receives that power via their main sub panel and they are able to power their home."

The system includes solar world panels, Enphase micro inverters, and the railing system that holds the panels in place on the roof.  "And after that the other major components would be the electrical wiring and our sub panels that tie in the PV system to the homes the homes electrical system."

Tony and Bernie Blas invested over $23,000 into their system and while the decision to go green is quite an expense it is a decision they would make again in the blink of an eye. Tony said, "We just used our own personal funding. We had money in the bank so it was just a matter of tying things together and getting it all set up."

Taking only two and a half days with about four Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics installers the smooth installation has made the Blas' very happy customers. Bernie said, "We've got our first power bill for the month of April we paid $11 - last year April 2013 we paid $249 and used 963 watts of power."

But the decrease in their Guam Power Authority bill is not the only perk. During April the family produced 902 kilowatts and used 538 that means they have excess power which will roll over to the next month acting like virtual credit. According to the Blas family the reliability is great and they are now able to turn on appliances such as their air conditioning unit as much as they want knowing they will not have a huge power bill and in the process saving trees. To this day they have saved a total of 16 trees. For the Blas family investing in solar paneling was an easy decision one their daughter played a key part in.

"To start off with when you have a daughter that is teaching environmental biology and whose major in college was environmental science you have to look at it in that perspective so with her encouragement we decided to go ahead and go with it," the said.

The Blas family says thinking green is a routine for them recycling, re-using, and looking ahead for the future is how they are playing their part to protect the environment for future generations and choosing to go solar is just one more way they are pitching in.

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