Solar panels mean $3 electricity bill for Surrey man

Hans Wekking says $10,000 solar panels provide electricity “for free”

A Surrey resident has drastically cut his electricity bill by installing solar panels on his home.

Last week, electrician Hans Wekking’s energy bill was $3, which includes the cost of charging his electric car.

Two weeks ago, Wekking installed eight solar panels on his house at a cost of $10,000.

“This shields you from any rate hikes. Once you’ve paid for the system, the electricity is free,” he said.

“So if there’s any future rate increases — like gasoline keeps going up, so is electricity — so for 25 years you are producing electricity,” he added.

Wekking says the solar panels are not as effective in the darker months, but can still run a TV or laptop.

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CBC News Posted: Aug 14, 2013 5:32 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 14, 2013 9:55 PM PT

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