If going solar would cost you nothing would you consider it? A few weeks ago I attended a small Green Business Show in San Jose, where our local vendors had a chance to present their services to the community. These shows are always a great fun because green vendors pack a good punch of specialized knowledge.
That day, one of my inquisition victims was Jeremy, a solar design consultant with Solar Technologies. So I started as usual… “How are you”, “How’s business?”, and then “Why in the world don’t we have more solar panels in our neighborhoods?”
After quite a few minutes of warm exchange of insights we realized we haven’t come up with anything that much revealing except for one awesome fact – affording solar energy is not as hard as most home owners think. In fact, it makes total financial sense. We parted by sharing one last sentiment – most home owners simply have not taken a chance to look at this opportunity.
So why most of us have not embraced the sun as a source of energy?
1. The main reason home owners have not adopted solar technology more widely is because of initial cost. These days it’s in the range of about $25,000 -$28,000 for an average 1,600 square foot home. Big price tag indeed.
2. A secondary rationale is esthetics – some folks feel that having big solar panels on their roof hurts the curb appeal of the property.
3. A third reason most folks have not gone solar could be one or a combination of these simple reasons: they are not sensitive to environmental issues of today’s world or they are simply waiting for a kick in the (more…)