Justifying Solar Panels
I am planning on adding a workshop/garage/multipurpose building in the near future. I’ve been mulling over the idea of including PV solar as part of this project, but I’m having a hard time coming up with a good justification, either economically or environmentally.
The main limitation is that even though I have grid electricity at my house, I cannot tie into it. No selling excess power, not even net metering. So I would have to have a system that runs off batteries, and can also smartly switch from PV to grid feed when the PV isn’t producing enough. That’s an initial investment that will almost certainly never be made back on electricity bills.
The environmental picture isn’t any better. The grid here is already 96% carbon free generated, so the carbon cost of a bunch of solar panels and batteries also seems like it could never be recovered either.
Am I missing something, or does solar PV just not make any sense for me? I’ve had years of “green” propaganda convincing me that PV solar is “good”, so my gut is having an argument with my head on this one.
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