If you just put the solar panels on your roof you decrease load on the
powerlines. Mine have been up there for 6 years doing a great job.
Solar panel prices are so low right now it's amazing. You could buy the
panels to provide 100% of my home electricity for about $8000 now. $8000 for 30
years worth of electricity is about .02 cents a kilowatt hour. You
just can't beat that.
Infrastructure is necessary. Roads, power transmission, etc. The maintenance
of it isn't always a headline grabber until it fails, but it's
necessary for our standard of living.
The same people who think the most expensive and least efficient option for
electrical generation in the world -- also known as solar energy -- is the
answer to environmental problems are the same ones who protest every proposed
interstate power line. Photovoltaic panels are classified as toxic
waste and must be recycled by expensive and highly specialized facilities. The
manufacturing process produces toxic cadmium as a by-product. The amount of
ground covered by the panels or mirrors ought to raise big red flags for honest
environmentalists.The whole thing is fraught with hypocrisy,
expense, bribery, and political favoritism.
And those same people don't want them placed in the viewshed of any
National Park, Monument, or WSA.