Leading up to the election, discussions about our nation’s energy future seemed to play a lesser role than other topics, despite its direct impact on our lives and livelihoods. With the transition to a new administration, it is more important than ever to demonstrate real world examples. As one of the nearly 5,000 Coloradans employed by the solar industry, I’d like to share the impact of energy policy on my life.
I moved to Colorado from Chicago about six years ago, drawn by the ample access to open spaces and the state’s natural beauty. My family bought a home in the Denver area in 2012, and soon thereafter decided to install solar panels on our roof because we thought it made good economic sense. We wanted to produce our own electricity, and the costs were low enough that it seemed like a no-brainer.