Posts Tagged ‘Greg Stanton’
GREEN LIVING ASKED LOCAL SOLAR INSIDERS,
“WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET SOLAR BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE CONSUMER?”
Interesting question. It depends on the customer. Certain electrical users cannot afford the upfront costs of solar installations. They’re just getting by. So, to get them to switch, you need a very reasonably priced lease or lease to purchase agreement that meets their needs. For others with the cash assets, they need to understand the return on investment. At current rates of return and with an average homeowner energy usage, investing $15,000 in a photovoltaic system will provide greater annual returns than investing those funds in relatively safe market investments.The single best way to get someone to switch to solar energy is to have a neighbor or friend give them a recommendation. I gave a presentation to a homeowners’ association on solar applications. I was getting through to some, but also getting pushback from one fairly forceful person. Then, a neighbor showed up and said, “Buying my solar system was the best investment I ever made.” And that was that.
BY JEFF HECHT
Green Living sat down with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and wife Nicole Stanton to learn more about sustainable initiatives and goals for Phoenix and discuss the importance of supporting local business.
At 41 years of age, newly elected Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is the city’s first to grow up as a product of a sustainability-conscious generation.
“From as early as I can remember, my family composted, and whenever we’d eat eggs, we’d put the eggshells in a special bag which we used for gardening later on. I thought every household was doing this. We didn’t call it ‘sustainability’; it’s just what we did, and these were lessons for today we didn’t even realize we were learning at the time.”
With his election to the City’s highest office, Stanton is now in a position to apply those lifelong lessons and work toward his vision for a new and more sustainable future for the desert metropolis he now leads.