Solar generators are expensive to maintain and repair. In particular the photovoltaic panels themselves are easily damaged and warped by excessive temperature changes (especially excessive cold), and assorted weather systems such as hailstorms, windstorms, tornadoes and more.
You might not be doing it everyday or every month but when those repairs come they make the average maintenance and repair costs comparable to anything else.
And that's avoiding the unreliability of solar panels. Photovoltaics don't work at night and they're very low output in rain and snow.
They can be a good supplement to a power grid, but are unacceptable as a primary power source. Same with wind power.
Yes… I think the problem here SG, is that you are talking out of your arse.
(That’s an observation, rather than an insult.)
Solar generators are *NOT* expensive to maintain and repair.
There. I said it.
Think about what you’re comparing it with: generators that create electricity by burning fossil fuels.
Are you telling me that a solar-panel infrastructure, with no moving parts, no by-products and no waste, is more expensive to maintain and repair than mechanical generators powered by burning fuel?
Pretty much the only thing that can go wrong with solar panels, is the photovoltaic cells lose their ability to convert light into electricity. That is happening increasingly less, as photovoltaic technology improves.
And if and when it does go wrong, the guarantee you get from the vendor you purchased those panels from, ensures they will be replaced at no cost to you.
As for the average costs of converting your home to Solar... Well lookee here.
Briefly, that site states that the average cost for converting a U.S. house to solar, is around $12-13k.
And given the average cost of consumer electricity in the U.S., it will take an average of seven years to recoup the investment (break even).
After that: all your electricity is free, non-polluting and much, much easier to maintain and keep clean than messy gas generators.
And regarding solar panels not being very effective at night, and in low light conditions…
You’re not the only person to have considered that solar panels don’t work very well at night.
And fortunately, that means that someone had a good idea about using rechargeable batteries to store surplus energy during daylight hours, for use at night.
So with that all straightened out:
Can *ANYONE* tell me why moving individual consumers and businesses to independent, free, renewable energy, which they don’t have to pay for and doesn’t create a lot of mess…
…Will cost them more money than sticking with the existing fossil-fuel based Energy infrastructure?