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lOB Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Repoer Sustainable energy fit00 Bill Battigan to a T-in Taylorsville BUSINESS JlelTUL Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plurnasnews.com Those who know Tay- lorsville businessman Bill Battagin know he's a very lucky man: He's found the perfect niche in Indian Valley with a career and lifestyle that mesh perfectly. Battagin moved to Genesee in 1977, where he began a home-based business building woodstoves, many of which are still in use today by peo- ple who treasure them for their sturdy efficiency. Recognizable on some of these woodstoves is the mark of his workmanship, metal plates with the symbol of a feather over a winding stretch of river--the logo of Feather River Stoveworks. The first stove he ever built was put in the Taylorsville Fire Hall, and while only a few of his stoves featured cook ovens, many had hot water coils. His business grew in the first three years to the point that he needed to find a bigger workshop--at the old Hos- selkus Ranch Bunkhouse. He gradually stopped build- ing woodstoves over the next several years and transitioned more into sales and installa- tion of top brands, like Hearth- stone, Jotul and others. It was during this time he built a workshop at home and moved into the old Granary behind Young's Market in Taylorsville, where he also built another building for more storage of woodstoves, parts and accessories. 460 Bill Battagin's two Taylorsville-based businesses, Feather River Stoveworks and Feather River Solar Electric, fit his sustainable lifestyle goals with their use of renewable energy. Photo by Alicia Knadler Meanwhile his fascination with solar electricity was tak- ing him in new directions, both personally and profes- sionally. He bought his first solar panel in 1982, which he hung on a tree to power "a couple of things." He added a few more panels over time until 1989, when friend Jim Peter showed him an ad from a Reno resident But now they can boast of never having to deal with the unexpected power outages that are just a part of normal life for other local residents. Solar really took off about 2002, Battagin said, when peo- ple could generate solar ener- gy and "sell" it back to the grid in the form of energy credits with net metering. One can tell Battagin really enjoys sharing his enthusiasm who was selling a whole pile of panels. He worked for others after this, learning the trade, and in 1995, earned his electrical contractor's license. That same year he married Denise and disconnected from the grid, though his new wife had some concerns at the time. Taylorsville Elementary School students are learning about the benefits of solar energy with the grant-funded demonstration panel installed by Bill Battagin of Feather River Stoveworks and Solar Electric. Photo by Bill Battagin "We thought about doing it ourselves," Alicia Kingdon said. "But after we researched it, we called on Bill, and he's good." Those interested in track- ing the efficiency of the small school panel may go to tinyurl.com/y98znwe. Those interested in visiting Feather River Stoveworks and Solar Electric may stop by Bill Battagin's shop in TaylorsviUe to articles Battagin has written for Home Power Magazine. Principal Tori Willits success- fully applied for a Solar School grant through PG&E that made it possible for a demonstration array to be in- stalled at the school. In its first week of opera- tion, during recent stormy, mostly cloudy flays, it aver- aged a $5-a-day savings on the school utility bill--and the ar- ray is only a small one. Across the valley, at High- for sustainable energy sources, way 89 and Stampfli Lane, sits a like wood and sunlight. During the past year his knowledge and enthusiasm have benefited the students of Taylorsville Elementary School, including his own children Bryson, 12, and Genesee Rose, 10. Battagin's wife and Taylorsville Elementary much bigger array, at the home and construction business of Billy and Alicia Kingdon: They no longer have to pay an elec- tricity bill for their home or shop, just a small monthly ser- vice fee of about $12 for their net-metering account. They figure the solar sys- tem will have paid for itself in about 10 years--well, maybe. "We love it," she said after a recent trip to soak up some warmer sun in the Caribbean. any day. It's located on Nelson Street, behind Young's Market in TaylorsviUe. Inside the open door at the showroom sits a podium with a message center and his phone numbers. He is usually working somewhere within a few minutes of the shop. People may contact him by phone at 284-7849, or online at featherriverstoveworks.com, where the history link is quite entertaining, or at fren- ergy.net, where there is a link There's an open-door policy at Feather River Stoveworks, where there's a message center and a place to sit and relax while looking at a variety of woodstove models. Photo by Alicia Knadler Court Mandated & DMV Required DUI Programs Designed to fit all your needs. Offered at these locations: by John Banks & Patty Miller Melissa Ave., Chester 430 Main St., Greenville 500 First Avenue, Portola 2288 E. Main St., Jackson Ste., Quincy SEAMLESS i l GU'00EflS Save decks & siding from water damage Downspouts water diverter Custom installation Adds value & appeal to your house 22 Different Colors . FREE ESTIMATES j 00c00ZcZ00P Michael Kirack, Owner/Builder \\; ) % 09 FORD. 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