No improprieties with solar company
The July 29 article titled, “Apex exploring solar power rule for residential development,” provided a good overview of the program that exchanges Resource Conservation Area for the installation of solar energy systems on homes and businesses. I would like to clarify one item of the article.
The article indicated that I presently own Apex Solar Electric, but I discontinued this business over a year ago. I am not involved for profit with any commercial activities relating to renewable energy projects. I originally set up Apex Solar Electric as a means to purchase solar panels and other equipment at wholesale prices for installation on a friend’s home. I extended the business in the belief that others might wish to self-install solar energy systems, but came to realize that most people desire a turn-key installation.
There was never any impropriety regrading state grants for town solar energy systems. As a sitting town councilman, I am legally banned from contracting with the town in any manner, so there was never an opportunity to profit from my efforts to develop solar energy systems on town property. The grant program was designed to enable towns to install solar energy systems that would be cost effective and beneficial to their citizens.
The world needs to move from carbon based fuels and into sustainable energy systems. Our government agencies from the federal government to town governments must work together to enable this transition.
Bill Jensen, Apex Town Council member