Dillon Klevan, Business Editor
In recent times, solar power has become a very popular source of energy. Solar panels offer a source of renewable energy devoid of any release of harmful greenhouse gases such as excessive amounts of CO2. The trend of these solar panels has been catapultedby the famous entrepreneur Elon Musk, who, through the company Solarcity, standardized the availability of solar panels across the nation. There exists a common detractor of these panels, however. Their cost typically initially exceeds that of normal electricity utilities. Over time, in contrast with traditional power services, the panels will cost a great deal less. Solar panels are often only a one time payment, whereas typical household utilities for power are paid on a monthly or annual basis for however long you choose to use them. This distinction between the two options has created a multitude of opinions on the subject, particularly when considering installing solar panels on a sizable scale.
Greenwich High School currently utilizes traditional energy sources such as electricity. A significant consideration of theirs, however, is installing solar panels to aid in producing energy for the facilities at GHS. This idea was proposed successfully before in 2012, when a 7.7-kilowatt solar system was brought to GHS. “A Greenwich resident Frank Alfano, the chief executive officer of Port Chester, N.Y.-based Mercury Solar Systems, which installed the system, said it had a market value of $35,000. About $12,000 of the cost was covered by a grant from the state Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority’s Clean Energy Communities Program, with the company making up the difference.” Alfano later stated that “It’s small, but it’s a beginning”. Since then, there have been little to no attempt at instating a more expansive solar system at GHS. This could possibly be due to the economics of the decision of instituting solar panels. The initial cost of solar panels, as stated earlier, is very expensive at around $35,000 per solar system unit. Traditional utilities are far less costly at a smaller rate at a per month basis. In order to convince GHS to inaugurate solar systems at GHS, they must see past this initial cost, and look towards the money saved down the road. After a 20 year interval the solar system nearly pays for itself and in some states more than pays for itself. This is due to the lack of monthly payments. You can help spark a solar panel movement at greenwich high school by contacting student government representatives, who can transmit your message to school officials.