by Denny Kubal
About a year ago my wife Donna and I decided it was time we did something about the environment. We decided we wanted to try to concentrate on improving air quality. We did some research and found that Indiana remains the state that leads the nation in toxic pollution emitted per square mile. Upon further investigation we found that Duke Energy remains a super polluter and their Gibson Indiana plant is one of the dirtiest plants in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. We are getting our power from Duke. There are many options to choose from to help reduce CO2, but we chose to install solar panels.
So for less than the price of an electric vehicle, we installed 43 Panasonic 325 watt solar panels on our roof last fall. We are so glad we did.
First, when I filed my taxes this year, I received a 26% tax credit back from the feds. Meaning the government paid 26% of my system.
Second, according to a recent study by Zillow, solar panels can increase the value of my home by up to 4.1%. This is a plus, and something to consider financially, but not my primary reason for us to install the system.
Third, I get the joy of not supporting Duke and having them send me greatly reduced bills, like this month’s $17.35 bill. If we stay in our house long enough, the system will pay for itself in savings.
Fourth, we get the daily satisfaction of watching what a difference we are making in the environment. As I write this, we are generating 8,000 watts of power. In the time since installation, we have generated 12,000,000 watts of power! We’ve saved 18,500 pounds of CO2 and the equivalent of 141 trees planted! GREAT!
Fourth, the system operates during daylight hours all year and is guaranteed for 25 years by Panasonic. We value that we are creating a system that will continue to provide savings for the planet long after we move on. Who knows how many new residents will live here and enjoy the savings and the value of helping to save the planet? We very much like passing on something permanent to others!
So if you are serious about making a difference in our air quality here in Indiana, consider solar.
NOTE: Earth Rising will offer a free solar tour of some of Brown County’s solar homes, Saturday, August 21. Watch for further details!!