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Josh Squier, co-owner of Breezy Meadow Orchards, stands next to a 4kw photovoltaic array that was destroyed by the wind storm last week. "We got off lucky," Squier said while explaining the damage. The day of the windstorm, which ran from Sunday October 29 to early October 30, Squier and his wife Meadow had just finished putting end walls on their new green houses. Without the end walls, the greenhouses would have met the same fate as the solar array, Squier said. The array had survived other extreme weather events in the past, but Squier believed the wet ground loosened the ground's hold. Breezy Meadow Orchards is an off grid operation and gets all their energy from solar panels, which Suqier cites is another reason the farm got off lucky. "Now that it's cold we don't have to worry about running the walk-in cooler," he said. With labor and supplies, Squier estimates that the overall damage is $13,000.