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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Local company launches new product that could be important part of solar energy's future

Jim Corning, left, Ryan Holtz and Joanna Tepley, here with her daughter Ella, recently launched a company that sells ready-to-use solar panels.
Credit Shelley Smithson

It’s a cold morning in Flagstaff and the sun is still low in the winter sky.

Business partners Ryan Holtz and Jim Corning have positioned a photovoltaic panel to face southeast.

When they plug it in, a digital monitor starts measuring the amount of energy being produced by the sun.

“Wow. 159 watts, 160, cool,” says Jim Corning, a partner in Plug and Play Solar Kits of Arizona. “Now, we’re out from behind the cloud a little more. 178. Part of the fun is messing around with these things and getting them pointed right and seeing the output.”

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