Are solar panels REALLY worth it?
PSE&G Solar 4 All costs a ton; you save nothing; helps so few
Not sure how you feel about all of these solar panels popping up all over New Jersey. I suppose if you’re a huge supporter of solar “green” energy and all that, then the unsightly panels all over the place probably makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, right? Saving the environment? Saving money? Really?
Intensive solar panel installations – Is “Solar 4 All” worth it?
According to PSE&G’s website – the Solar 4 All program seems like a massive undertaking. When completed at the end of 2012, close to 200,000 panels will be installed in the state.
And, according to PSE&G – the Solar 4 All program will provide electricity equivalent to power 13,000 homes in New Jersey. However, this costs YOU the utility customer – around 30 cents extra per month (probably for the next decade).
Let’s put these numbers into perspective for a minute with a few observations:
- NJ has close to 3.6 MILLION homes. This massive undertaking covers power for only 13,000.
- This endeavor will provide electricity to the equivalent of around 34,000 individuals. NJ has a population of close to 9 million people.
- Is it worth it to have so many ugly panels all over the place? Doesn’t is ruin the landscape tremendously?
- Does it help prevent pollution? Save anyone anything? Or just add more infrastructure, maintenance and reasons for federal handouts?
- What about the cost to repair and maintain these things? The driving out there? Is the headache worthwhile?
I personally think solar technology is nowhere near ready for prime time yet, and any investment into this way of producing energy should be done slowly and carefully.