Going Solar: What’s The Process?

The other day one of my neighbors stopped by to ask me about the solar panels on my roof.  Being an accountant he was curious about the financial aspects of installing a solar system.  I explained to him the gross and net costs, tax incentives, loan payments, ROI, and breakeven points on my system. He was…

How A Conservative Became A Climate Change Believer…

No doubt about it, climate change is a controversial issue.  Even though hard science supports it, the idea that human activity is altering the earth’s climate is too far fetched for some. Unfortunately, climate change has become a highly politicized issue in recent years. Instead of looking at it through the eyes of science, some people…

Utah Solar Tax Credit In Danger…

On September 21st a bill is going before the Interim Revenue and Taxation Committee that aims at eliminating the $2,000 Utah renewable energy tax credit. This tax credit has been crucial in most Utahns decision to go solar.  In fact, according to recent poll by the Utah Solar Energy Association just over 80% of residential owners…

US Coal Industry Decline: Unavoidable Consequence?

If you watch the energy markets like I do, you’ve likely heard about the sizable and ongoing  US coal industry decline.  Thanks to cheap, abundant, and cleaner burning natural gas- and increasingly stringent environmental regulations, demand for coal-fired electricity is slowing at a drastic pace. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) coal accounted for a…

The Sun Is Just Starting To Rise On The Solar Industry…

No doubt about it, the US solar industry is growing at a rapid pace.  Thanks to falling panel prices and ongoing government incentives, Americans are finally realizing the affordability and financial benefits of going solar. Let’s look at some figures… According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) the US solar industry has experienced a compound…

Mission Statement for Utah Solar Talk…

Hi! My name is Justin. I’m a family man with a loving wife and two adorable little girls.  We call Salt Lake City, Utah home due its great climate and abundant outdoor activities.  (I love skiing!)  Thanks to lots of hard work, my family lives a happy and abundant life full of love and laughter. But like a…