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Solar Energy Powers Annual Festival

An average American household will use 11,700  kilowatts worth of power each year, according to federal studies. That's more than triple the world average. But area locals are showing the community ways to limit power consumption and even save money.

"Everything we serve here, all of our food vendors, our beer sales and everything are all combustible," said Johnno Potts, Production Crew/Organizer.

Many that I've spoken with say they want the community to know that there are not a lot of sacrifices that need to be made in order to be much more sustainable and to help out the environment tremendously.

"Start by turning your lights off, switching over to LED compact fluorescent. The small the amount of power you're using, the smaller amount of solar system you need," said Roger Ley, VP of ETM Solar Works.

"You can change little bits of your lifestyle. Whether it be composting or recycling or stuff like that or the technology today are good enough where you don't have to give up what it is that you have and want to do to use renewable resources," said Johnno Potts, Production Crew/Organizer.

Every hour, the sun beams enough energy to the earth to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year, according to National Geographic. Thousands are finally beginning to use this energy--lowering their average power costs by huge numbers.

"Solar is just clean. It doesn't cause any admissions or stuff like that. We don't have to dig into the dirt to find it. the materials that make up a solar module are abundant," said Roger Ley, VP for ETM Solar Works.

The cost to install solar panels on households is now at an all-time low, with an average price around the cost of a small car, leaving many able to reap the benefits that the sun provides.

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