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Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT



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JON SATZ, SEEN here with his dog Willa, had a solar array installed on his Woods Market Garden property in Brandon late last year. Satz will see a small break on his electricity bill for the next six years, at which point he has an option to buy the system and see much bigger savings. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and for some homes and businesses, the increased sun exposure may mean more than starting gardens, wearing shorts and slathering on SPF-65.

A growing number of homeowners around Addison County are considering putting photovoltaic solar panels on their rooftops or in their yards, which until recently constituted a substantial up-front investment — from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the home and the location.

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