Going solar now or later – which will save more?
Last Friday, I was driving in a new neighborhood and noticed a few houses with solar panels on the roofs. Yesterday, I watched the episode of The TV show “Cosmos: Spacetime Odyssey – The World Set Free” in which the anchor of the show, Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson showed the history of solar energy. I also stumbled upon Elon Musk’s biography on Netflix yesterday where he talked about sustainable energy and funding Solar City. Three signs in two days! So, I decided to check out Solar City.
Before that here is the youtube video of Elon Musk’s biography.
Here is what I liked when I checked out Solar City.
- Solar City is in my neighborhood.
- No upfront cost.
- Lower monthly rates which are locked-in.
- No worries regarding repairs and damage.
- My monthly electricity expenses made me a good candidate for solar energy.
So, I submitted my info to request a quote on a Sunday afternoon and in less than a minute received a call from Solar City. I found out from the sales rep that the company that I get my electricity from, does not work with Solar City. Tough luck. Looks like there are other local companies that work with my utility company. I will check these soon.
Having said all that, I am a little bit concerned about getting stuck with a technology that can change so quickly. For example, the battery technology is poised to cause a revolution where you may be able to get off the electric grid. It may happen in 5 years or less and so getting stuck with a technology for 20 years is what I am concerned about.
Definitely looking for a solution that is cost-effective and sustainable in the long run. With technological improvement there is no reason to save money as well as to help the environment.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!