The roof at Butch’s Lube ‘N Wash. (Photo courtesy of Garden State Solar; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
It wasn’t long after Paul Stout snapped on the lights at his Rumson business for the first time using solar power that he realized he’d made the right move installing the 48 panels on his roof.
“The first day it was turned on, I saw savings,” said the owner of Butler’s Deli. “It’s immediate.”
Three years, thousands of dollars and 55,000 pounds of unused carbon later, Stout scoffs at the notion that installing solar panels is too expensive or labor intensive.
“It’s the greatest thing in the world,” he said, watching his electric meter dial backwards as the system fed electricity back into the power grid one recent sunny afternoon. “I’m happy with it.”
Stout may have racked up years of savings in the pocket and reduced his carbon input drastically, but others in the area are just discovering the advantages solar energy can bring.