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Rooftop experience necessary: Santa helps install solar panels in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland company decided Santa's rooftop experience made him the perfect person to help install solar panels.

Elemental Energy teamed up with Santa Claus on Thursday in the name of renewable energy.

The company hoped to show that solar panels can be installed and will be effective whether it's winter or summer. 

"That's typically the first question, does solar really work in Oregon?" said John Grieser of Elemental Energy. "It's raining right now, we're installing solar in December, but yes it does. You can compare the amount of sunshine we receive here in Oregon to Germany. Germany is currently the worldwide leader in installing solar capacity, they get 80 percent as much sunshine as we do per year."

The recipients of Thursday's solar panels in northwest Portland courtesy of Santa Claus said they hope the panels will cut down on their energy bills, while also helping the environment.

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