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couple planned to live in their house for the foreseeable future, so investing in solar made financial sense given their calculation of a six- year payback. Yet, return-on-investment was only one facet of their decision. Jo explains, "The biggest reason we went solar was being able to live our values. Every day we are doing something to protect the earth, and we don't even have to think about it. It just happens. I like that, and I like that my kids can see it every day." Doug Gribbel also capitalized on the rebate and in April of 2015 installed solar panels on his home, albeit with a different primary moti- vation. Gribbel explains, "I am not a 'tree-hug- ging liberal' who is trying to save the planet like many solar-adopters. Politically, I'm a fis- cal conservative who believes in running the country like a business, but I also have very progressive social views and do care about the environment." Gribbel values the simplicity of producing solar energy. "You just sort of install in and for- get it...It's so easy. I haven't had any problems with my roof or the panels (my kids are not throwing balls up on the roof anymore). It's nice to watch the snow build up and then slide N O V E M B E R G A L E / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 130 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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