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Plug Into the Sun
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:23 AM CDT

Everyone has their own idea of what expensive electricity is,” says California rancher Dave Roberti. Yet after paying $150,000 a year to run his eight deep-well pumps, enough was enough. Roberti, who operates a 6,000-acre ranch west of Reno, with 450 pair of beef cattle and 2,500 acres primarily in alfalfa production, decided it was time to investigate alternative energy sources.

“I considered wind power,” he says, “but everyone told me solar offered a better bang for the buck.” Roberti talked to his local rural electric cooperative, Plumas-Sierra, about options for tying a ...

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