Keith Key said most people have an image of a typical solar power customer. “Most of the people I talk to think they live out in the country, eat tofu and are bare-footed,” Key said. “They’re off the grid, you know, and they’re the only people interested in that.”
Columbus attorney David Owen and his wife, Renee, are having solar panels installed in their historic Southside home, rental houses and his downtown office building.
The sun will rise on residential solar panels in Mississippi, but it’s unclear how bright their future will be.
On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.
Among Mississippi’s abundant blessings — and the state is abundantly blessed — is sunshine.
For years and years the guys behind Synergetics were interested in solar power but never pulled the trigger.
The biggest hurdle: cost. It just wasn’t financially feasible for the Starkville-based information technology company, which was founded in 1992 and employs almost 50 people.
“We didn’t want to be green for the sake of being green,” David Palmer, the company’s 45-year-old CEO, said.
ATLANTA — Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay. Utilities in many states say