Romney Could Save $89,000 on Electric Bill By Going Solar

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"Romney Could Save $89,000 on Electric Bill By Going Solar"

by Zachary Rybarczyk and Stephen Lacey

Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney makes more money in one day than the average American makes in a year. With $20.9 million in income last year and a lower tax rate than most middle-class Americans, perhaps he’d be willing to join the thousands of homeowners around the country who are investing in solar?

A new analysis from the solar financing and installation company SunRun finds that it could be a fruitful investment not just for Romney, but for all the other Republican candidates. The company evaluated the solar resources, siting potential and electricity rates at each of the candidates’ primary homes (not second and third homes, in the case of Mitt Romney) and found that they could cumulatively save more than $300,000 over a 20-year period with a solar financing package:

This is assuming, of course, that one of these candidates doesn’t move into the White House. If so, perhaps they’ll speed up the installation of a system on the White House that was supposed to happen in April of last year.

Romney has made some strange comments about solar lately. Before the New Hampshire primary, he falsely claimed that the federal loan guarantee program has caused investors to “pull back” from the solar industry. In fact, the exact opposite happened: Solar installations more than doubled in 2011.

Maybe if the candidates make a personal investment in solar, they’ll change their tune.

Heck, even Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly said late last year that he would consider installing solar. Will the presidential candidates?

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3 Responses to Romney Could Save $89,000 on Electric Bill By Going Solar

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    The Republican candidates won’t put solar on their roofs if it’s free. Remember, Reagan tore solar panels off the White House roof, and they were already paid for.

    Gingrich, Romney, and the rest of them are emotional two year olds, crazed with greed and the quest for empty pleasures, with no loyalty to women (Gingrich) or those who work for them (Romney).

    And we know what two year olds love most of all: playing in the mud. In their case, they roll around in oil and coal, delighting in its filth, and reveling in its explosions.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    The candidate positions correlate more to the major backers than to common sense. In contrast to the latest GOP wannabes, former President George and Laura Bush’s Crawford TX ranch house is passive-solar with geothermal. It’s made of repurposed local rock, too. So, it’s not really impossible to be both GOP and energy-sustainable.

    Unless they owe somebody a big favor.

    • kejad says:

      The Crawford ranch is a 4000 sq ft second home (main house – not counting other structures). It could be worse, but it can hardly be called “sustainable”.