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Hillcrest officials look at solar energy

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

In an effort to collect unpaid bills for the village, Hillcrest village attorney Paul Keller proposed a local debt recovery ordinance that would allow the Illinois comptroller to withhold a portion of state refund checks. Above, village president Kim Whalen and trustee Rich Elliott, left, listen to Keller’s proposal. (Photo by Emily Bruns)

HILLCREST — In an effort to lessen the financial strain of pump house bills, Hillcrest village president Kim Whalen approached Dale Balder, president of Heavenly Winds, Inc., to propose to the board a green energy opportunity that could cut bills in half.

Balder, who has been a solar and wind power dealer for 11 years, said that the pump house could use solar panels to supplement energy to the pump house through underground wires. Heavenly Winds, Inc. is based out of Compton and receives their solar panels from Canada and their inverters from Michigan.

“The two solar panels would be durable, weather-resistant and covered under a 25-year warranty,” Balder noted, adding that they usually last between 35 to 40 years. “Depending on the intensity of sunlight, the savings would range from $400 to $525 per month.”

For the complete article see the 01-13-2013 issue.

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