CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF SENIOR LIVING
I investigated the purchase of solar panels, which ultimately, I did purchase. I am happy to state that in one years’ time, we have harvested 3,670 Kilowatts of energy. For us, that means we’ve had to purchase about one-third less power than in the years past. There have been several months (when the children were gone for summer work) that we have had no monthly bills – oh blessed relief! After one year, my impressions were right where we started out. Due to various rebates (state and federal), the cost of the system will have paid for itself in less than 10 years as the price of power increased since the purchase. Other than an occasional wash down with a garden hose (we live in a somewhat dusty area) during the summer, the system has been trouble free.
It has been fun to watch the meter output even in the depths of winter – we get a lot of rain in Oregon – and in spite of the rain or overcast, the meter keeps on running! If anything, I am more of a believer in the idea of solar power than before. With that success under my belt, I am trying to figure out how to use the rest of my roof to add more panels, or perhaps a solar water heater.
While doing some more research about the idea of solar power in the hands of the average consumer, I came across this article in the trade magazine, PM-Public Management, published by International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The article was titled, “Solar Permitting: Regional Collaboration Addresses Cost” by Anna Reed. In short, due to the high costs of permitting the installation of solar arrays, the United States Department of Energy has created the “SlingShot Initiative.” This program hopes to reduce the cost of energy by about 75 percent before the end of the decade.
The author gives some examples of how this is currently working in the real world.
Frankly, we have so much sun available in this country that is seems like a waste to cover up the access and availability of this great technology with bureaucratic paper work.
Here is the link: