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Reader Opinion: A win-win for everyone

Crow Wing Power's announcement by Bruce Kraemer, CEO, that it was studying the feasibility of installing a Community Solar Garden, is a win-win for everyone and merits the support of all Crow Wing Power members, whether or not they wish to partic...

Crow Wing Power's announcement by Bruce Kraemer, CEO, that it was studying the feasibility of installing a Community Solar Garden, is a win-win for everyone and merits the support of all Crow Wing Power members, whether or not they wish to participate.

It's a win financially because, based on the numbers stated by Mr. Kraemer, an investment in panels would provide a return of 4.3 percent, much better than available on a savings account. It's a win for all who can't afford their own larger system, or who don't have available space, or who don't have a sunny site, because now they too can enjoy solar energy powering their home or business.

It's a win for members who don't choose to participate because they will receive the benefit of other members financing Crow Wing Power expanding its supply of electrical capacity. It's a win for everyone who believes in the individual right to choose and in free enterprise because member participation is purely voluntary.

It's a win for everyone concerned about clean air and water because solar energy is 100 percent clean-a breath of fresh air and a glass of clean water for everyone, including the deer, fish, birds and myriad of critters that thrive in the natural environment.

Importantly, it's a big win for Crow Wing Power itself because it helps Crow Wing Power more strongly position itself as a reliable and dependable provider of electricity in an ever evolving energy world.

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My wife, Jean, and I have installed solar panels and live in Cass County. We are members of Crow Wing Power and are active volunteers in numerous community organizations.

James Ballenthin

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