AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Three business owners said recent decisions to go solar are already paying off.
Pat Spann, Robert parks, and Sam Harper installed the solar panels as a way to lower their power bills.
They said the expensive systems are well on their way to paying for themselves.
Workers installed solar panels on the top of Robert Park's investment office exactly one year ago. The benefits are already paying off.
"Our power bill is probably 80% lower than it was," said Parks.
Pat Spann installed similar technology at his family owned pizza shop in October of 2014.
"And it's reduced our power that first year about $2,000," said Spann, owner of Pat's Place.
These 2 businesses owners said the up-and-coming alternative power supply has been pleasantly surprising.
"I like the fact that we're producing and not buying it from power companies that produce it by burning oil or fuel or wood or nuclear," said Spann.
"I can't think of a negative that could outweigh all the positives that come from it," said Parks.
Veterinarian Sam Harper just recently installed 55 units on his roof and said he saved 25% on his bill in the first month.
"It's a great opportunity to take care of the resources that God has given us. And at the same time it saves generated power and saves money for us too," said Dr. Harper.
All three of these Americus businessmen are on the front edge of a "solar surge" in town. They all teamed with Creative Solar USA for the cost-efficient system.
"In no sense do we want the grid to go away, do we want the utility companies to go away because they are by far the most reliable source, but it's just a nice complement," said Creative Solar USA owner Russell Seifert.
Government loans and subsidies make the expensive systems much more affordable than the price.
It's an investment that Robert Parks loves.
Those systems were installed and up and running within a week. All three of them strongly encourage other small businesses to explore the technology.