With 300 acres of Tennessee's beautiful rolling hills, a large lake, two scenic creeks, an 8,500 sq. ft. lodge, private cabins, and available catering, Five Star Retreat in Nunnelly, TN, hosts top-notch corporate and church retreats, family reunions and weddings.
Until this year, one of the few things the property lacked was a solar energy system to reduce operating costs and make the facility more eco-friendly. Even before opening Five Star Retreat in 2011, owner Greg Gough set his sights on adding solar to his business.
"I was interested in being off-the-grid or owning a large solar farm," says Gough. "Then I realized the most cost effective first step would be a rooftop system that generated electricity I sell back to the utility," he says.
Last month Gough received his first electric bill showing solar energy revenue. After just 16 days he earned $324! His 30 kilowatt system, which consists of 113 solar panels, generates about $3,800 annually.
"The solar system makes sense as a financial investment, especially given that the tax credit is still available," says Gough. "Also, we thought our guests would appreciate our effort to make the property greener," he adds.
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