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Renewable energy grows in local popularity

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Yakima, WASH.--A recent report from the Employment Security Department showed that "green jobs" took one of the largest hits in the recession.

The owners of Cost Less Energy in Yakima say they suffered for three years after the recession, but now, their business seems to be picking up.

Don Mills says his business went down to just one employee after the recession hit. But four years later, Mills says more and more people are coming in and asking about solar panels.

In fact, he says his business has put out more quotas in the past three months than they did all of last year.

Mills says people are getting fed up with rising energy bills in Yakima, and they are looking for a way to offset costs.

"They realize that their energy bills are going to go up on an average of 5.5 percent a year, and they realize that they're going to pay that bill every 30 days for the rest of their life," Mills said.

People from all over Yakima County are looking to reduce energy costs. Mills currently has projects in West Valley, Selah and Naches.

He says the recession certainly did take its toll on green jobs in Yakima, but now the industry is slowing making its way back up as people look to reduce costs.