ISHPMEING — Rare Earth Goods of Ishpeming held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their move to a greener future.

As of January 22nd, the store-café combo is being powered by 67 solar panels. Two-thirds or more of their power will be coming from these rooftop panels.

Rare Earth Goods received a grant from the USDA and 30 percent tax credit from Energy Star, which will make for a return on investment within three to four years. The panels were put in to save money on electric bills, but they also help the environment.

“Well, we have a $1,400 per month electric bill here, and we’re hoping it will cover two-thirds of that, we hope – it’s a huge blessing,” said Rare Earth Goods owner, Pamela Perkins.

The panels and electrical work were completed in conjunction with Clancy Electric, Peninsula Solar and Dan Perkins Development.