OP-ED: Rooftop solar’s worth? Don’t forget the value of saving the Earth


Michael Shea, HEAL Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
November 5, 2016

In meeting rooms, council chambers, and at the Utah State Legislature, the question is being asked; What is the “value” of rooftop solar? When rooftop solar systems generate more power than a home is using, the electricity goes back into the grid and the utility buys it. This process is called net-metering. The value of that electricity is now the topic of important energy pricing debates. The higher dollar value of solar energy, the more affordable rooftop solar systems are to Utah families.

The equations used to determine the value of net-metering calculate costs such as the price of generating and delivering energy. However, one factor has been conspicuously absent from Utah’s discussions: the net benefit of rooftop solar’s critical environmental contributions.

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