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%W rm y, Oct 10, 2001 One man's leap of faith in alternative energy designs, devices By Alicia Higbee For Bill Battagin, going solar was a leap of faith. He not only wanted independence from being subject to power compa- ny whims and an erratic power sup- ply, Battagin wanted to lessen the negative impact of humans on the planet. Such a big goal happened gradu- ally for Battagin, who moved to Plumas County at the end of the 1970s. By 1982, he owned his own home and installed his first solar panel. That fin'st panel ran one light and a 12-volt car stereo. Today, Battagin and his wife, Denise, son, Bryson, almost 4, and daughter Genesee, 2, have the same Leaves are falling fast but the only Crescent St. (Hwy 70) Quincy The Battagin family took a leap of faith by going solar. They have the same appliances as almost everyone else, too, machine, entertainment center and coffee maker, The best part about solar, though, is not being subject to power company thing you'll be raking is a great deal on a blower from s"rmL" (From =179 Purchase a new s'rmL" chainshaw instead & get some powerful help. (From =189 appliances as just about everyone else, including a washing machine, refrigerator, coffee maker, enter- tamment systems and others. Battagin added to his solar array a little bit at a time, and by the time he installed his fourth panel, it was time to install an inverter, as well. The inverter converted the 12-volt solar power into normal household current, but he was still limited to small electrical appliances and tools. By 1989, Battagin increased his solar efficiency with eight more panels, and started toying with the idea of disconnecting PG&E lines. :i It really irritated know that he had ---7 about whether his pow ing from coal, nuclear power plants. The only reason he wait was because, at electric van used morel everything added tol But then, his electric all that he If he wanted to go example, he Stan For all your & long moving Let the professionals take care of you! 27 years experience Free estimates Packing material & boxes available To make your move much easier, call QUINCY MOVING (5.30) 283-0233 & Paula Buus Owner/Operators Cal. EU.C. 68 Meadow Lane CA i971