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Retirement community installing photovoltaic panels to help lower costs, protect environment

MESA, Ariz. -- The sun is shining brightly on 3,000 residents of the Venture Out RV Resort in East Mesa.

After overwhelming support from the residents, the community's HOA voted to install 1,300 photovoltaic panels. As long as the sun continues to shine, they'll be seeing significant savings.

"With the help of incentives from SRP, they are expected to offset sixty-five percent of their recreation center and 100 percent of their pool pump, bathhouses and administration building," said Patricia Garcia-Likens, spokeswoman for SRP.

The residents made the decision to not only plan for immediate and future needs, but they are a community committed to making a difference when it comes to protecting the environment.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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