We often think of solar in ways that are only benefitting the environment and the planet. We do it here and it’s not a bad thing by any means! However, it is important to realize that not all areas on the planet are in as bad of shape. That isn’t to say that their share in the steps toward a revitalized planet aren’t necessary, but their incentives might be a bit different.
Take Alaska, for example. There are many parts of Alaska where the towns are small, a lot smaller than ones you will find in sunny Arizona. Here, there incentive isn’t just the environment, it’s also economics. They have their own environmental issues as well. Ice isn’t meting because it feels like doing so that day. The point here is that these small towns are often far from other towns.
Being far away from a main power source means you’re going to be paying a lot more for your electricity. This is where solar comes in. If these towns are able to generate their own electricity, they’re going to have the cost of power significantly reduced.
One town, Kodiak, has relied on renewables for an extended amount of time and this reliance had led to zero increase in cost for consumers over the last two decades. Think of your electricity bill and the cost you’re paying for power and how it differs now from back in the 90s. Significant difference? Kodiak hasn’t seen that difference.
So while, yes, the environmental factors are the most important parts of renewables and solar energy, it isn’t always the leading incentive. Perhaps by shifting the incentive approach given the area of interest, solar and renewables might find their docking stations in towns a little more quickly than they are right now.