April 29, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Outlook not so sunny


With regards to the article about the Oregon solar project (“Nonprofit goes solar to save,” April 24), I wonder about something. The project costs about $100,000 and would save $1,820 per year. Therefore, it would take over 50 years to recover the initial investment.

I don’t believe solar panels last 50 years. Add in the cost of upkeep and repair, and one has to wonder if the whole thing is cost-effective. Why was the article so upbeat?

John Pauley

Spokane Valley

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