Over the span of only a few years, the use of solar energy has grown throughout the nation as well as in the state of North Carolina. But even with tax incentives offered by the state and federal governments as well as an incentive program by Duke Energy, it is still difficult to find individuals who have chosen to implement solar systems for residential use. Many see it as an uphill climb this early into the development of the technology.
“Solar energy is the ultimate in renewable energy, unfortunately, the technology is expensive compared to the seemingly minimal gains we can get from it currently,” says Franklin native Brandon Hood when asked about his outlook on the energy source. “But I do believe that as time goes by, it will continue to progress into the future and become more user friendly.”