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ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 22, 2016
Buying, Selling or just want to chat... Talk to Chuck!
2400 Palm Ridge Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
11508 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva, FL 33924
Island Resident • Award Winning Realtor®
Please join me at the Heart Walk on Jan 31, 2016! Life is why...
Commercial Lots - Tamiami Trail
Two parcels, A & B zoned Commercial
General. Parcel A is approx. 4.5 acres. Parcel
B is approx. 2.0 acres. Survey available.
(A) $1,150,000 (B) $400,000
557 North Yachtsman
Furnished 4 BR/3 BA Old Florida Style,
Community pool & tennis. East end
near beach, marina.
GULF VIEWS! Steps to beach.
Furnished 2 BR, 2 BA top floor unit.
Pool, tennis, on site Mgmt.
690 Birdie View Point
Build your Island dream home on
Sanibel Island Golf course.
Walk to the beach
3099 Cussell Dr. (Pine Island)
Build on this large corner, canal front
lot with sea wall. Direct gulf access in
minutes. Room to build 40 ft. dock.
1176 Lake McGregor Drive
Investment Opportunity! Lakefront, vacant
residential lot that can accommodate multi
family housing. Close to shopping, beach...
3850 Coquina Drive
Walk to the beach from this beautiful 3 BR/3 BA
in West Rocks on two buildable lots with a caged,
salt water pool. Enjoy wonderful lake views!
SanCap Solar Connect, an initia-
tive designed by "Ding" Darling
Wildlife Society-Friends of the
Refuge (DDWS) to save local residents
time and money on solar energy conver-
sion through collective buying, reports
a strong interest in its program from
island residents and businesses.
"High participation levels promise to
give us the ability to provide the highest
quality products at the lowest possible
cost," said John McCabe, chair of the
SanCap Solar Connect advisory and
implementation committees. "We've had
close to 200 interested parties sign up for
a free solar evaluation already."
For Sanibel homeowners Douglas
McLemore and Judith Rittenhouse, sign-
ing on with SanCap Solar Connect was
a "no-brainer." They had been consider-
ing solar to lower electric bills and had
already started researching the possibility.
"This came along and it was exactly
what we were looking for," McLemore
said. "We were very impressed with the
amount of work this volunteer organiza-
tion had done. They took a lot of the
guesswork out of it because they knew
what they were doing. They saved us
time by interviewing, researching, and
finding the best quality installers and
materials. Plus there's the significant dis-
count because of volume purchasing."
The part-time Sanibel couple saw
installation begin in December, in time to
file for the federal solar energy credit on
2015 taxes. After recently returning to
the island during last week's rain events,
McLemore commented: "We did watch
the monitoring tool for the few hours
yesterday that the sun was out, and it was
good to see electricity being generated.
The process couldn't have been easier for
part-timers like us, who don't always have
great luck finding contractors," he added.
"It provided a lot of comfort."
Full-time Sanibel islander Ken
Burgener agrees. "'Ding' Darling did all
the brainwork," he said. "That was the
selling point. For a private person to go
out and talk to 10 or 15 contractors,
you're going to get 10 or 15 different
Urban Solar Group, the contractor
selected by DDWS' vetting committee,
installed the solar system in four days on
Burgener's Rabbit Road home earlier this
month. Now he's waiting for LCEC to
activate the meter.
"They told me seven to eight years
for the payback on my investment,"
said Burgener, who was the third resi-
dent to have a SanCap Solar Connect
system installed. "But it's not just about
the money. It's about saving energy and
keeping Sanibel green."
In addition to McCabe, the SanCap
Solar Connect advisory committee
that vetted contractors consists of Dr.
Joseph H. Simmons, director of renew-
able energy research at Florida Gulf
Coast University (FGCU); Richard
Johnson, Bailey's General Store; and
Mark Anderson, Benchmark General
Islanders can go online at www.
SanCapSolarConnect.org to easily sign
up for a free evaluation and to find more
information. The website's FAQ page
answers the most common questions
about the program and solar energy.
Interested parties can also contact
program coordinator Joyce Lathrop at
email@example.com. or 940-8931
for more information and to request a
Based on the success of a number of
initiatives in other states, SanCap Solar
Connect is the first-ever community-
driven solarize program in Florida. The
SanCap Solar Connect initiative was
made possible partially through fund-
ing from solar advocates Fred and Alice
To support DDWS and the refuge with
a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarling-
society.org or contact Birgie Miller at 292-
0566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Solar Group installing solar panel
photo by Ken Burgener
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