As solar power takes off in Arizona, local utility companies loathe losing their share of the market
When photo-voltaic (solar panel) technology was first commercially made in the 1950's, Western Electric charged a cool $1500 per watt of energy for a cell that heralded an efficiency of 2%. It wasn't until the 1990s that solar power took off (related: Germany's 100,000 Roofs program), with much skepticism and opposition. Governments around the world took their respective routes in promoting the energy through subsidies, feed-in tariffs, and in the horrendous case of Solyndra, corporate backing.
|Cloudy central Europe has made solar an integral component of their energy picture.|
|At current rates, the average Phoenix resident pays $1.40/month to fund the net metering program.|