I don’t understand why solar panels and wind turbines are not yet put into broad commercial use, maybe that’s what makes them more innovative. I think they are the best means of alternative energy sources, enabling us to lower our carbon emissions.
Yes, there are ups and downs about them, however, I believe that the positives outweigh the negatives. For example, according to an article in Boston, former secretary of energy and environmental affairs, Ian Bowles, argues that, “the benefits of reducing harmful carbon emissions outweigh the relatively small costs to utility customers”. Also from that article, Massachusetts now generates enough solar and wind energy to power 38,000 homes, increasing everyday.
It’s understood that it will increase costs for everyone who uses it, but as a long-term solution, it will benefit our society as a whole. Ian Bowles installed solar panels into his roof, and it cost about $17,000 to have his roof prepared and install the panels, and because he is creating his own energy, the energy company NStar, who he supplies energy to, will pay him $2000 a year, so it will all pay off in the next 10 years. It is never too late to start the use of alternative energy sources, we could think of it as a new start, and it will only get better from here.
Abel, David. “Renewable energy program called unfair as lawmakers debate its expansion – The Boston Globe.”Boston.com – Boston, MA news, breaking news, sports, video. N.p., 23 July 2012. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/07/23/renewable_energy_program_called_unfair_as_lawmakers_debate_its_expansion/?page=1>.