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Like many Madison-area dental offices, Heitke and Vu, DDS, Ltd., has worked hard to put environmentally friendly office practices into place: they recycle paper, cardboard and all their dental models; have programmable thermostats and energy-efficient lighting and try to optimize water use. But this year, the practice took working green to a new level by installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

"We've tried to have an environmental footprint that was as small as possible, but our building is older so it hasn't always been easy to retrofit the most energy-efficient systems," said dentist Lou Heitke. "We do have a location that lends itself to a solar installation so we decided to investigate that."

Heitke, and his partner, Golden Vu, installed a three-kilowatt system on their building's roof. The system will generate roughly 3,600 kilowatt-hours a year or about half the electricity used by the average home. The practice joined MGE's Clean Power Partners program and is supporting renewable energy in two critical ways: the energy the PV system generates will be sold back to the MGE grid and they'll also purchase an equal amount of renewable power from the Green Power Tomorrow (GPT) program. Heitke and Vu's support of renewable power will offset nearly 3,000 pounds of coal and prevent four tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.

"A lot of what we're doing at our office isn't new—it's just how we've always done business, even before people really thought about being 'green,' " said Heitke. "But we're excited to take this bigger step. These installations are expensive, but there were some good financial incentives available, and frankly, it felt good to do it."
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, for supporting Green Power Tomorrow.

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