Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., recently named Bill Keith, president of SunRise Solar Inc. of St. John, Ind., as a Lugar Energy Patriot for the company's solar-powered attic fans.
The award is part of the senator's effort to recognize members of the business community, professionals, scholars or students who demonstrate leadership and initiative in taking action to reduce the country's dependence on foreign energy sources.
Fans in Sun Rise Solar's line of attic fans generate their own electricity from sunlight. Solar panels collect energy directly from the sun to power the fan motor and pull out hot air. The cumulative effect removes heat and moisture, extends roof life and reduces energy consumption. The fan itself requires no outside power, and the cooler attic means lower cooling costs for the rest of the house.