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Bill Dorsett of Flint Hill Renewable Energy and Efficiency Cooperative

Bill Dorsett began installing solar thermal systems with the Carter administration and with the collapse of that era’s tax credits, switched to passive attached solar greenhouses. With the construction of Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Station, he began installing remote photovoltaic pumping and power supplies. In 2005 he installed one of the first string inverter grid-connected system in Kansas. The advent of micro-inverters opened the field to safe installation to most anyone, so with the help of Manhattan friends, Bill cofounded the Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative (or FHREEC as it’s affectionately referred to). The model we took from the Plymouth Area Renewable Initiative (PAREI) in Plymouth, NH. We buy in quantity and in the tradition of barn-raising with neighbors helping neighbors, we’ve trained and arranged for volunteers to install 40 systems in the Manhattan area. Our goal is to provide affordable solar energy to as many households in as short a time as possible. Waiting for the market has been too slow.

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Taken on December 11, 2015