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Why Are You Going Solar?

Just as no two snowflakes are exactly alike, no two SLCS participants have the same reasons for becoming solar adopters.

We want to hear from you!

  • What entices you about solar energy?
  • Why did you decide to take the plunge?
  • What is your main goal for your new solar system?
  • How excited are you?

Please let us know in the comments below!

Note: Your e-mail address will be completely private and will not be used for any purposes.

*SLCS wants to create a respectful, safe space for community engagement. Off-topic, harassing, or crude comments will be removed at the moderator's discretion.


  • Comment Link Nancy Stirling

    My electricity bill more than doubled this month despite conservation measures. With this opportunity for a lower cost system I would like to reduce carbon footprint and get a little bit off the grid. I have always loved the idea of solar power.

    Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:42 posted by Nancy Stirling
  • Comment Link Anne Maurer

    It is time to join the future! I want solar energy to heat my home to lessen my carbon footprint, to protect the environment and creatures the I respect, that make my life better, and that make me feel like a whole person. Solar will lessen my bills too- so I have enough money to support some goats!

    Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:05 posted by Anne Maurer
  • Comment Link Sylvia

    Want to take advantage of the Sun and help the environment. I'd love lower bills too.

    Tuesday, 07 August 2012 09:46 posted by Sylvia
  • Comment Link Jay Vestal

    We are going solar because it just makes sense. We're close to retirement and will be living on a reduced income. By joining the Community Solar Project now while we are financially able, we can add a 3.2kw system and eliminate almost 60% of our total consumption. In summer, this means we will eliminate the third tier, highest price kwh cost from Rocky Mountain Power. When I look at the interest I'm earning in my bank savings account, this is an opportunty to make an investment that pays me to install. Also, Who knows what a future state or federal legislature will decide about the rebates that currently are offered. I want to capitalize on what's available now that will return about 50%of the cost to install from next year's tax return.

    All the above addresses "What's in it for me". The greater value for the earth and for our children's future depends on how many others join in now to do something right and help care for our community, our quality of life and the earth. Please choose wisely.

    Thursday, 02 August 2012 21:41 posted by Jay Vestal
  • Comment Link Todd Randall

    Yes going solar is a better choice for our environment and our future. But in addition, if I can add solar for about the same cost as my utility bill then this is money well spent for my own future. It not only protects me from future price increases, it also adds value to my home and protects me from grid outages as well. The better question becomes why NOT go solar? At $1800 per KW after incentives I think my payment will be about the same either way.

    Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:53 posted by Todd Randall
  • Comment Link Amy OConnor

    Global warming is here and based on everything I've learned from conservation biologists and climate analysts, it is quite certain to wreak havoc with the diversity of life on earth, eliminating a great deal of it in my own lifetime. This is not only going to have a devastating effect on wildlife and plants, but also human communities worldwide who depend on the ecosystem services (water, clean air, fish, new drugs from yet unknown plants, productive crop lands, etc.) that people depend on. My husband and I hate being part of the problem and would like to be a part of the solution, even if a small part. If Germany (a northern latitude country) can get 50% of of its energy from solar, then we in the US should be able to do so as well. Yet, we have not had the political will to make this happen. My husband and I would like to reduce our carbon footprint by getting as close to 100% of our home energy from solar. Someday, when they become more affordable, we would like to run an electric vehicle off our solar generation. Feeding the grid at least some of the time would be incredibly satisfying for us. As energy prices rise, we would also like to benefit from the cost savings. We love the idea of pooling our business with other citizens in order to contain costs and reduce the payback time of the up front investment as much as possible.

    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 09:45 posted by Amy OConnor
  • Comment Link Kristie Thorp

    Like most I would love to have lower electric bills and support alternative energy, but have felt costs too high. A friend just got a quote for a system that was larger than two systems my work organization installed 3 years ago and their quote was less than our costs (with volunteer labor!) So I am curious what a small system would cost with the bulk purchase modal of Salt Lake Community Solar and if my house could generate adequate energy given the site.

    Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:11 posted by Kristie Thorp
  • Comment Link Mark Gardiner, SLC UT

    Utah is a very sunny place. Solar energy is delivered to our homes almost every day. It is time to harvest it. By pooling our purchasing like big companies, wholesalers, and community-supported agriculture, we can get a much better price on installed solar panels, pick up some federal and state tax credits and do our part to kick-start residential solar power locally. Less coal burning means better breathing for all of us.

    Thursday, 05 July 2012 14:30 posted by Mark Gardiner, SLC UT

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