Elections: Council Candidates Talk Solar Panels

The candidates for township council answer questions about issues facing the township.

With the municipal elections coming on Nov. 6, we thought it would be a good time to hear directly from the candidates themselves about the issues that matter to residents.

On six different days this week, we will feature video responses from the two candidates on questions concerning the budget, the economy and roadwork.

The candidates are Repbulican incumbent Filipe Pedroso and Democrat William Metz.

For this fifth question, we asked the candidates to talk about the use of solar panels throughout the town.

Click here to hear what the candidates have to say about the quality of life in Bridgewater.

Robin B October 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Anyone who knows solar costs knows it is NOT 'economical! Only federal government subsidies make it practical for states and local governments to indulge in such fantasy. I considered solar panels for my own roof, not because they are 'cost effective' in total, not because they 'reduce the carbon footprint' which no one really knows nor whether that is even important, but because tax payers have already paid for the government subsidies that make them possible! [Or one could say 'We are borrowing money from China to pay for an uneconomical project here.'] Solar panels are NOT cost effective for taxpayers, but once a foolish federal government policy pays for such an uneconomical expenditure, municipalities spend the federal money thinking they are helping taxpayers. If we don't utilize the federal funds someone else will. The School Board probably likes them because they APPEAR to cut electricity costs when in fact taxpayers have paid for the savings in their federal taxes. This is a prime example of why the federal government must be pared way,way back so it cannot redistribute taxpayer money around the country in uneconomical pork laden projects. At a first cost of about $5/watt and an operating savings of maybe $.014/kilowatt it's a ridiculous expenditure no private sector company would EVER make with its own money. PS: The school solar panel structures are UGLY, but very well made!
Robin B October 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
In my comments above, the cost saving for a kilowatt should have been $0.14, about 14 cents, and that is a generous estimate on my part.


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