We’re getting solar panels! Well, unless you talk me out of it.
Solar panels are one of the most impactful things we can do as individuals to address the climate crisis. What’s kept me from having them is the cost; upwards of $30,000 I thought, and I just don’t have that much money lying around. So I procrastinated…
Last week I finally spoke with someone in depth. A rep from Trinity Solar explained a different business model, one that would allow us to loan the panels instead of buying them, meaning we’d finance the panels as part of our energy bill (which would still be lower than it is today). Combined with a warranty that covers our roof and the panels for 25 years.
Now, I’m fortunate to own a house with ample sunlight exposure and a new roof, have good credit, and to live in a region with multiple government rebates. I am incredibly privileged.
Still, this seems a bit too good to be true. $0 up front, cheaper energy bills, and a free warranty that covers our roof and the panels for longer than we’ll live here - has the market really advanced this far?
I’m leaning towards getting them. I'm not motivated by the potential savings, but I don’t want to incur a significant loss either. I want solar panels because I believe it’s the right thing to do. If you’ve gone through this, I’d appreciate hearing about your experience!