There are many articles and presentations out there urging you to go solar but very few are discussing the top reasons NOT to go solar! Clean Footprint has compiled our top 5 reasons why you should not choose to go solar.
1.) If you enjoy helping to pollute the environment, solar is NOT for you! The BP oil spill in 2010 harmed and killed over 100,000 animals, not to mention the toxins it dumped into the water that washed up on land and polluted our beaches. Solar does not use or produce harmful byproducts so it is safer for the environment and can even be placed on already existing structures, so it does not have to use any more land.
2.) If you want to give your money to large fossil fuel corporations, solar is NOT for you. Many fossil fuels are controlled by the same few corporations. They control every aspect of your electricity. Solar panels give you a way to control how your electricity is produced and how much it costs. Also, depending on the company you contract with, you have the power to support local businesses.
3.) If you like centralized electricity production, solar is NOT for you. Centralized electricity, like that from a coal fired power plant, is produced and consumed at different places. This requires the use of large grid infrastructure which increases the price and reduces efficiency. Solar is an example of distributed electricity production, meaning that it is produced and consumed at the same place. For this reason, solar electricity is cheaper and more efficient.
4.) If you aspire to have no control over your electricity rates, solar is NOT for you! A solar Power Purchase Agreement provides you with cost savings over a 25-year period, by locking-in your electricity cost at a competitive rate and stabilizing that rate over the term of the agreement. This means that while fossil fuels will fluctuate over the coming years, you can rest assured that you won’t be charged more for your solar electricity.
5.) If you want to live your life behind the curve, solar is NOT for you! Solar is a relatively new electricity production technology that is rapidly growing as more home and business owners see the environmental benefit and cost savings solar can provide. People who are choosing to go solar now are ahead of the curve and can achieve the most savings over time.
Eliza is the Chief Learning Officer for Clean Footprint. As the Chief Learning Officer, she is responsible for writing and editing blogs, e-books, videos and white papers as well as other learning content created for Clean Footprint’s developer partners and clients. Eliza attended New York University in Paris, France and studied Global Liberal Studies before moving to Florida and joining the Clean Footprint team. She also studied Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Central Florida.