Solar power

Michael Kirkpatrick addresses those attending an alternative energy seminar Saturday. Progress photo by Jim Goodson

By Jim Goodson

More than 100 people attended a solar energy seminar Saturday at New Life Church off Loop 456.

They were there to learn about alternative sources of energy from Jacksonville businessman Michael Kirkpatrick, who represents DBK Corporation, a California-based designer, manufacturer and builder of alternative energy systems including solar panels, solar systems, fuel cells, solar-based fuel cell generators and solar-based fuel cell power plants.

Kirkpatrick has formed Real Solar Solutions, a Jacksonville firm that will soon begin offering solar technology to Cherokee County and East Texas residents.

Kirkpatrick has been writing about solar and other alternative energy possibilities for a couple of months in the Jacksonville Daily Progress, which he credits for playing a major role in Saturday’s big turnout.

“There are a lot of people who would apparently like to kiss the power company goodbye,” he said.

Similar in financing to a new car, solar panels would pay for themselves within four or five years for the average home, Kirkpatrick said. Plus, there are federal tax incentives for people who install solar panels on their homes.

“Imagine not ever having to pay another electric bill again,” Kirkpatrick said.

“You can use solar panels in conjunction with the power grid and greatly reduce your utility costs, or you can go off the grid entirely.”

DBK’s technologically advanced solar electric power products (solar cell systems, solar based fuel cells, and solar based fuel cell generators) are all based on crystalline silicon.

In March of 2006, DBK unveiled the world’s must efficient and powerful solar panel 3,000 watts system, Kirkpatrick said. One or two panels would service the average home, he added.

“The DBK solar panels supply you with electricity during the day while the fuel cell generator supplies you with electricity during the night,” Kirkpatrick said.

“Fuel cell generator is another name for a battery that never goes dead,” Kirkpatrick said. “DBK fuel cell generators last up to 72 hours without being recharged.”

About 80 percent of those attending the seminar were from Jacksonville.

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