HOUGHTON -- The first regular membership meeting of the Houghton County Democratic Party in 2015 will be held at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the conference room of the Super 8 Motel in Houghton. Members and friends are welcome.
Did you see that glimpse of sunshine this week? What better time to celebrate the sun in January than to find out how solar power is easier and more affordable than you think?
The meeting will feature a presentation by Abhilash "Abhi" Kantamnemi, a research engineer at the Keweenaw Research Center. He has done extensive research into the viability of solar power in the Upper Peninsula and has helped several area residents install solar power for themselves.
Abhilash (Abhi) Kantamneni, second from left, joins in a discussion during the Oct. 3, 2014, Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) core leadership team meeting at Portage Lake District Library. (Keweenaw Now file photo)
"The basics of solar is really pretty straightforward; a lot of people in the area have installed solar themselves," Kantamnemi said. "Your installs could be 50 percent cheaper if you DIY (do it yourself)."
His presentation will feature an idea to start solar "co-ops," in which interested parties can put in a bulk order to save on costs and shipping charges.
For those who might be interested in obtaining solar power but may want a professional installation Kantamnemi suggested Dave Camps at Blue Terra (906-231-3995) in Hancock or Ian Olmsted from Marquette (517-242-2558).
More information can be obtained at www.SolarizeHoughton.org .