All Things Change....Including Motivations for Using Solar Power
There are some people who get into solar power because it is a good thing to do. It's good for the planet. The use of renewable energy sources reduces our dependence on expensive, polluting fossil fuels and will leave our grandchildren's children a healthier environment.
But most of us jump in for other reasons. An offgrid solar electric system can make it possible to build a house on affordable, undeveloped land without the astronomical cost of pulling in utility power. Urbanites already on utility power like adding gridtie solar because it lowers their electrical bill.
And then there are the pioneer spirited Americans who mainly want independence. They want independence from bank mortgages and from profit-making utility companies. They want independence from a grid-connected, debt-ridden culture that uses more than it needs and leaves large segments of the population in the dark.
But for all of us, once we live with solar power, whatever our initial motivations, we begin to see the beauty of the system. Solar panels, because they have no moving parts, rarely fail. They keep on producing, without polluting, for up to 40 years! The sun shines; you have free power. Our children grow up having an experiential understanding of power production and consumption.
We want more. We begin to want the rest of the package: independence and the satisfaction of knowing that when the grid goes down our homes are safely powered. This is why we hear back from our gridtie customers, asking about battery backup options and the potential for converting their gridtie systems to offgrid.
Grid tied Solar Power Users are Learning
Although there is an initial cost benefit with the lowering of the electrical bill, in the long run, that bill is never going to go away. And when sun goes away; you have to pay for grid power or use stored power.
Two factors are leading gridtie solar power users to search for ways to be independent of the grid: