Your Most Efficient Path to Power
One concern that sometimes arises is subsidies for clean energy. We’ll be comparing subsidies for various types of energy in another post, but let’s explore this briefly.
Solar energy in our area is at grid parity right now, meaning it is just as cost effective as traditional fossil fuel power from the grid. A solar energy system creates clean energy every day for 30 years and beyond, with minimal maintenance required. Take away all the subsidies and the system pays for itself in 11 to 14 years. This payback could occur even more quickly (within 7 to 10 years) if we removed all the utility and local municipality regulations required to install a simple PV system on a house.
Solar PV is already competitive and will only become more so. Yet some still insist it takes too long to pay back. Let’s flip the argument. If everyone currently had solar power and you offered to sell someone air-polluting fossil-fuel electricity at twice the cost of solar power, the person would say no way. There’s no disputing the inherent efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness of solar energy.
A Personal Imperative
One thing stood out at the recent On-Site Power Conference I attended: there was no mention of climate change. In some respects, I can understand this. When I first started SunBlue Energy in 2009, I would rush past the environmental benefits page of each sales proposal. I knew then what has proven to be the case. People go solar because of the financial benefits it offers. The environmental benefits may be very important or not important at all to the homeowner. In any case, the homeowner’s final decision is always a financial one. It only makes sense. What has changed for me is that I’ve learned the tremendous impact one simple act can have on the earth we inhabit. So, as we discuss the future of solar, I encourage all of us who are together under one sun to take this battle seriously.
Consider the earth and what your legacy will be. You will never regret having gone solar. You may regret standing silent when those in power pushed to stunt the growth of clean energy.