Solar Panels Lead Dubuque Business into the Future

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Owners of an almost 90 year old Dubuque business are turning to the sun for little help. Crews are installing solar panels on the roof of Brannon Monument. The family owned business sells tombstones in downtown Dubuque.

When most customers step inside Brannon Monument, they're suffering the loss of a loved one.

Mike Brannon said, "our business is built on trust and sensitivity. But also we are trying to stay on top of things. "

The need for the service is certain as death itself. Still, the Brannon's feel the need to evolve with the times in order to engage customers.

Brannon said, "hopefully they will respect us for making good choices in how we run our business. "

The tax credits and smaller electric bills enticed the small business owners. Crews from Eagle Point Solar say the building's old age is neither here nor there.

Eagle Point Solar's Raki Giannakouros said, "the only obstacle to putting solar on your roof is, do you have south facing access?"

With their perfectly placed building, crews say the Brannons are part of a trend.

Giannakouros said, "I think what you are going to see is Iowa's going to be the next big boom of renewable energy, like you have seen in other states throughout the country. "

This is how an old, trusted, business rooted in honoring the past, meets the ever evolving future.

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