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The 4 Reasons Why People Go Solar

Avatar for Tor "Solar Fred" Valenza
Published on 10/30/2009 in
Updated 12/28/2018


Hello there, solar curious person. If you’ve just stumbled upon this site, I’m going to bet that there are 4 basic umbrella reasons why you’re here. But, hey, I could be way off, so I’ve written a rough draft of this post with some corrections. We love overwhelming praise feedback, so if I’m wrong about my broad stereotypes cogent insights, please tell me in the comments section below.  –Solar Fred

Reason #1: Saving Money.

Solar Money Bags (Photo:Flickr/Rojer)

It’s starting to dawn on you about how far solar prices have come down while your utility rates have gone up. You’ve diligently searched the Internet while procrastinating at work for more information on the solar incentives in your state and have discovered our state-by-state list to the right, where we dumb it down simplify it for you.

Of course, we would never imply that any of our beautiful, vivacious, sexy readers are cheap and easy not generous. Not at all. We know you’re here because you’re trying to save money, damn it highly intelligent, and you truly want to understand how much cash you’ll save solar economics and whether solar is right for you. Good for you. On the other hand….

Reason #2: Polar Bears (The Environment)


Please save our cute furry butts. (Photo:Flickr/JustbeingMyself)

You love trees and polar bears and breathing, and you’re tired of seeing the slow destruction of life as we know it effects of creating electricity and hot water through coal, gas, and other 19th century C02 emitting sources that will run out one day if we’re not dead before then.

As a tree hugging Prius driving liberal, “green” person, you probably know solar PV panels last for 25 or 30 years, and that they have a carbon footprint of just 1 to 4 years, according to U.S. Government scientists some well meaning group of environmentalists. So no matter how much solar prices are falling costs, you’re going solar anyway. Bless your fill out a form here heart.

Reason #3: Energy Independence

We, the Solar People… (Photo: U.S. National Archives)

You, sir or madam, have skipped the above reasons. You’re well off can really use that Federal 30% investment tax credit, baby, and you’re not overly concerned with polar bears except in seriously cute Coke commercials.

For you, going solar means sticking it to any country (other than ours) that produces oil energy independence!

You don’t want to depend on anything except your local utility that gives you decent solar rebates and fair net metering policies.  In fact, if more Americans would go solar, we’d never have to rely on any other country for anything except electronics, clothes, and anything else at Costco or Wal-Mart! So, slap those solar panels on and let me be able to afford air conditioning again, Solar Fred!

Reason #4: Your Kids

(Photo: Flickr/TedsBlog)

You know what? I’ve had my fun and hope you have too, but I’m not going to make fun of this reason. I’ve had so many letters and comments on this site about people going solar for their kids. Honest. If this is someone like you, then you really believe that global warming is a threat. You want to clean up the mess that you and past generations have made, and you don’t want to leave the problem in your children’s hands.

It’s people like you who are my heroes. Seriously. And I sincerely thank you for taking the time to come to this website, check out your state, to find out if solar is right for you.

Please Note: If you’re checking out your state’s solar programs, please be aware that we’re lazy/have a hedonistic lifestyle and have day jobs not up to date in every state; of course, we are occasionally sober do try to keep up. So if the info you’re reading seems like something pre-“Mission Accomplished” slightly out dated, feel free to check out this handy very useful but sometimes confusing database of solar incentives. Or, just get a free quote from one of our partner installers.

For whatever reason you’re here, thanks for spending your valuable procrastination time dropping by. We appreciate it when we’re conscious.

Last modified: December 28, 2018

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Fabulous oluwaniyi
Fabulous oluwaniyi

I love to work for you because of my passion for solar, I am an installer, I have installed many and they are enjoying it till today.

Donna goodman
Donna goodman

Im disable due to cancer an i take care of my parents i needed my own space so theirs a 12×24 building an have turned it into a tiny house i use rain water tp flush my house led lights is all i used in my house i have a enegy ty as well but what i want to know as how much would it cost to make it go solar


Follow up – 7 years since I last posted (2009) and installed new solar panels from Solar City. Still going strong. Still producing. And I estimate that I have saved about $2,500 after equipment cost (lease). Of course, I also invested in LEDs, energy efficient appliances, new windows, insulation… and my savings includes all of those investments as well (with cost factors adjusted to reflect actual energy investment). I am a very happy solar PV customer. This stuff really worked in my case.

Ben Zientara

Thanks for the update! Sounds like you’re having a great time while protecting the planet and your pocketbook. Really glad to hear how well it’s working for you!

alberto ramirez
alberto ramirez

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Im Canadian by the way!!! Eh?


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There is just so many reasons to go solar, I just wished my family would
get on board. They need to change their way of thinking! I want to go all
solar in my home, I think it is for the best of the planet too.

John Conte
John Conte

I agree
I hope we realize soon that natural gas will cause an excessive amount of damage for generations to come!
If natural gas is proven to cause earth quakes and 200 chemicals end up in our water what is the real cost of this source of energy?


sun is one of the things that god gaves us we should thank him one of the stars that is very important for live in earth is sun i agree with reason 3 thanks . my blog


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