New solar panels are symbol of the resurrection of life on earth

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  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    July 23, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    Solar panels in a sunny climate may well be a fine idea (and would be more so if they didn't have to be subsidized to be cost-effective).

    But comparing them to the *Cross*??

    File under "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." The Cross and the Resurrection are incomparable, least of all to some subsidized symbolic solar panels.

    July 21, 2014 8:04 p.m.

    "...I am sure both panels and inverters will last far longer than their warranty rating..."

    Good luck with that.

  • RDJntx Austin, TX
    July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    @My2cents - As others have said you need to take another look at solar. I am a homeowner in Texas and installed a 10kw system on my roof in 2012. I have not paid an electric bill of any consequence since. I have a 2300 sq ft single story home before solar I had 3 months of 300.00+ electric bills during the summer, after solar my highest bill has been about 25 bucks. . The panels have a 25 year performance waranty the inverters a 15 year performance warranty and I am sure both panels and inverters will last far longer than their warranty rating. and maintenance is minimal and except for needing to clear the snow off of them in the winter time maintenance for the church in the article will be minimal.

    Solar has a lof of benefits, few, if any, drawbacks Well done on these guys for their install

  • Outofbad Sandy, UT
    July 21, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    @My2Cents. When was the last time you looked into solar? If you get the right product the panels have a 10 year warrantee, and have a 60-70 life. Roof integrity is not compromised any more than all the other holes you have in your roof all the venting you have on your roof. If you work with a reputable well rated solar company that even Gephardt would approve of then that company will have everything under warrantee. At least should be. I went with solartek solutions.
    The cost savings is incredible with solar. If my math is correct, and if you have a 30 year old who pays an average of $75 per month and lives to 80 years old they will pay around $45,000 for electric and that doesn't include the rate increases. If you factor in rate increases, which could be from 1-10% each year, they would pay some where between $12,000 to $50,000 more over their lifetime. But let's say there is never a rate increase for 50 years (will never happen), and they get and pay off the solar system in 15 years they will save about $31,000

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 21, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    2cents, that's exactly what some people said about automobiles and probably the same as some people said a few hundred thousand years ago when somebody figured out how to start using fire.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    July 21, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    @ My2Cents: Your concerns over solar are about 10 years out of date.

  • Seposm Evanston, WY
    July 21, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    My2Cents.. I do believe you are correct, there is much more maintenance than is suggested up front, however, they only had to pay $7500 to save around $6000 a year. so it should pay for the investment in about 15 months. if they do get 10 years, it will net them approximately $52,500. looks like a smart financial move, now if they had to pay the full $75000, maybe not.

  • chilly Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    Very nice to see global warming alarmism finally being affiliated with its kith and kin. It's always been closer to religion than science.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2014 2:00 a.m.

    I still think this is fad, and a very expensive fad that is going to cost the users dearly in a few years. Not much thought is being given or projected about how much they are compromising the integrity of the roof and shortening the life span of the roof which is at best only 10 if left alone.

    They might save a few dollars for a few years but these panels are high maintenance and high failure as alternative short term savings. Solar energy is not a sustainable low cost resource that is completely dependent on weather. As long as someone else is paying the bill to maintain and repair this fad will soon become a liability. People who sell or make these panels are not upfront about maintaining and the high risk conditions to make it pay for itself.

    The average home owner cannot afford the high cost changeover and maintenance and constant upkeep required to keep a solar system in working conditions. The public is not inclined or predisposed to maintain something after they buy it. The average citizens does not make long term investments wisely and when it breaks it becomes trash.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 20, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    'Resurrection of life on earth'? We really are superstitious.

  • rok Boise, CA
    July 20, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    Her name is Soleil and she is charge of the power and light project? nice. Even sweeter is that they only had to pay 10%