While I’d like to imagine that solar panels will continue to spread like wildfire thanks to an individual feeling of responsibility to the planet, I’m not quite so naÃ¯ve. There are a few reasons why I think solar is and will continue on such a hot streak. They are the same reasons Americans do anything en masse â€” solar is simple, cheap and cool.
Solar is on sale
The price of solar panels has dropped 80 percent since 2008. In fact, most homeowners choosing solar are middle-income families looking for ways to help keep household costs down. Lease options now let homeowners go solar with zero up-front costs and savings on their energy bill every month thereafter.
Solar is easy
Installing solar is about as complex as installing a digital satellite dish. It doesn’t have to be a major life event; with leasing options it doesn’t even have to be an investment. And now major cities like Chicago have enacted Solar ExpressÂ programs to cut red-tape and make it even easier. A permit for a simple residential solar project can be granted in as little as one day.