BOYCE — Ron and Beth Light, the owners of Lighthouse Woodworking, will open their home and business on Oct. 20 to anyone who wants to see how a solar electricity system functions.
The Lights grow and harvest their own trees and turn them into furniture. They live at their business, which is located at 146 Morning Star Lane in Boyce.
The business, as well as their home, is powered by a 25,200-watt ground mounted solar array installed by Mountain Valley Solar, which is based in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
“It’s our biggest in the area,” Danny Chiotos, of Mountain Valley Solar, said on Monday. “[The Lights] want to show the whole community.”
The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone who would like to learn about how a solar power system operates in a home or business. Local nonprofit groups are encouraged to attend as well.
“People are really hungry for this kind of knowledge,” Chiotos said.
The event, which includes a catered barbecue meal, is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP. As of Monday, about 20 people said they planned to attend.
Beth Light and her husband, who is a retired Army colonel, “recognized that the pay-back period for our solar installation would be a number of years,” she said in a statement, but “were committed to proceeding knowing that eventually the system would pay for itself.”
The Lights’ system is expected to pay for itself over nine years.
Those interested in attending can visit mtvsolar.com/lightopenhouse or call Daniel Chiotos at 304-886-3389.