To the Editor:
Solar panels have never been cheaper, nor more needed. Unlike coal-fired power plants, which have yearly fuel costs almost as much as the plant cost to build, once you have bought the solar panels, the electricity they produce is free for decades afterwards, and when the sun is shining, you can use as much solar electricity as you're getting with a clear conscious – no carbon dioxide, no global warming, no stirring up monster storms, and a better life for our grandkids.
I had just enough solar to get through 11 days of no grid after the big end-of-June storm, and since then I have doubled that, and am about to double that again. Too big a bargain to miss! I am planning to be driving around Athens on solar energy within a year.
And when you do the numbers right and count all the costs, solar is way cheaper than coal.
And another thing – solar is bound to get cheaper and cheaper as we learn more about it, while coal, like all other fossil fuels, is bound to get more and more expensive as we learn how expensive it really is. It just might cost us our whole planet if we don't change our ways, and fast.
Robinson Ridge Road