Solar power only works because of government incentives. Yeah, so what? Do you think it’s a coincidence that we pay less per gallon of gas than motorists who live in two of our largest gas suppliers, Mexico and Canada? It’s a fact that every fuel source that we use is subsidized in some way. Subsidies for solar systems typically and historically feature fixed time of operation, diminishing year-on-year subsidy amounts, and a sunset when the subsidy ends and solar power — in order to successfully matriculate into a mainstream energy choice — must be available at market price or as we like to say, achieve grid parity.
Many new and emerging technologies have been subsidized to ease market entry such as hybrid vehicles, wind power, energy efficient lighting and water heater blankets. Once America wakes up to that fact and gives solar the same shake as other energy sources, we’ll be better off.