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Professor Shares Advantages of Going Green

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Benefits include long-term financial savings as well as a reduction of the carbon footprint.

June 7, 2012

Northwood University environmental science professor Kevin Petrovsky recently shared with WPTV television reporter Rikki Klaus that the key to going green successfully is for families to identify their needs and to do their homework regarding technology.

As Port St. Lucie Florida receives a National Association of Counties Award for its Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), Klaus of WPTV, South Florida's NBC affiliate, recently met up with Petrovsky to see if the energy efficient initiative really meant long term cost savings.

Petrovsky shared that solar energy has come a long way. "This third generation of photovoltaics that we're in is much more efficient, much more cost-effective, has a longer life span and is certainly making this a much more attractive investment," he said.

St. Lucie County's SELF program is empowering its residents and businesses to save money and to reduce energy consumption through the program, a conservation initiative that has drawn national and international attention for its innovative approach to fostering a Green Economy. As a Port St. Lucie family replaced 30-year-old windows with double-paned, argon-filled, tinted ones at a cost of $12,000, the monthly electricity savings of $50 or so was offset by a loan through SELF which will ensure savings in the long run.

The Clean Energy Loan Program is a low interest rate (4) loan program, created through partnerships among the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), St. Lucie County, Solar and Energy Loan Fund(SELF), and local community leaders and organizations. This program was established to help reduce energy bills in the communities and provide access to various clean energy solutions such as energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy production. The Clean Energy Loan Program makes it affordable for homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these newest clean energy technologies.

Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material.

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