— A new solar panel has found a place in the home of a family that has lost its electricity.
The solar panels were installed in an older home in the Virginia suburb of Fairfax County.
It’s part of a nationwide program that’s helping the government recover money it lost when power companies shut off the lights to protect against a coronavirus pandemic.
It has been a relatively low-tech solution that uses a high-efficiency solar panel that converts sunlight into electricity, and it’s also a more cost-effective way to get electricity.
In its first year of use, the panels produced electricity that could be used for a light switch and a fridge, according to Mark Williams, a consultant with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
He said the panels are a cheaper alternative to buying new power.
“This is not something that you’re going to buy and install on your own, you’re buying it from a local supplier and installing it yourself,” Williams said.
But Williams said that even if you bought a new solar system, you may not be able to use it in the next few weeks because the panels would have to be replaced.
There’s also the issue of when you need to replace the panels.
A typical system can last for about 30 years, Williams said, and the cost of replacement could be between $3,000 and $6,000.
Some homeowners in Fairfax County are planning to replace their panels, but Williams said this would likely be too costly.
With so many households losing power, he said it’s a big concern.
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