The American Woodshop Goes Solar with Help of NECA/IBEW

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Popular PBS program’s solar installation highlighted in latest ETV video.

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Philips said that he expects the new properly-installed solar panels to cut his utility costs by thirty percent – allowing him to spend more on tools and equipment for his show.

Fans of the PBS television program The American Woodshop are familiar with Scott Philips' studio – which also happens to be his workshop and home in rural central Ohio. With the enormous collection of power tools at hand, along with lights, cameras and computers necessary to produce the show, you might think his electric bills are high – and you'd be correct.

To help alleviate some of these energy costs, Scott Philips is going solar, with the help of the professionals from NECA contractor Romanoff Electric and IBEW Local 8 craftsmen and women. Philips said that he expects the new properly-installed solar panels to cut his utility costs by thirty percent – allowing him to spend more on tools and equipment for his show.

There's more to the story, of course, as this is just the latest example of a nation going solar. The U.S. has just recently surpassed a major milestone of installed solar power capacity, joining Germany, Italy and China as the only other industrial nations in the “Ten Gigawatt Club” with more than 1.3 GW of the total 10GW installed in 2013. Experts estimate solar installations to flourish by as much as eighty percent over the next eighteen months.

The professional electricians of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association are trained and expertly positioned to help reshape our nation's energy future – and ETV will be reporting on it every step of the way from coast-to-coast.

About ETV: ElectricTV, a Web-based video channel, is sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). These videos present information designed to educate the general public about the contributions of these labor unions and the professional standards they uphold. Viewers can also learn about recent trends in electrical technology and how these benefit the planet and its people. Find them online at http://www.electrictv.net.

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