Over the last 18 years, we’ve investigated putting solar panels on our house many times. Unfortunately, there are many reasons we have not installed them:
- The house is facing the wrong direction, we can get around this by putting the panels at an inclined angle, but living in the Hurricane state, this would be like putting a sail on the house. When high winds come in, it would rip off our roof (not an attractive option).
- We have too many trees, and we don’t to lose them. We could cut them down, but see the first bullet.
- We have been talked out of it by our general contractor. He claimed to have been a big supporter, but lost so much money in the 90’s that he could not support installing them anymore.
Well, North Carolina is one of the top states in the country using solar. I believe one reason is Apple built a new data center in the state, that uses solar.
One of the things we see around the globe is that the costs for the electric grid are spread out over years and consumers. As Germany has installed tons of solar, the existing grid is being impacted by lost revenue. When I saw the report today that Amazon is starting to put solar panels on all their warehouses, I had a crazy thought. As more and more businesses install solar panels, their use of the Grid will drop. As their use drops, the consumers will be burdened with more and more of the fixed costs of running the grid. Raising our basic rates.
Somehow we need to accelerate the adoption of solar by home users.