Thank you for pointing out that cars, telephones and this solar power project are all expenses and not investments.
I clarified that there is zero financial argument for this project because Citified presented the story like there was.
You're right though. Those solar panels are more of a fashion accessory like a Tesla.
I could do the same And play pedantics. The rationale of those criticizing seems to be based on requiring a financial argument for anything 'green' while the same rationale is ignored for other classes of purchases that are not such. A double standard that is amplified by articles like Citified's
I choose to put a higher quality fence in on my property. Perhaps it is maintenance or perhaps it is a capital investment per tax rules. Do I calculate ROI to justify the extra 3K cost? Likely not. Same for redoing the old insulation in my attic (maintenance) - but the justification will be that it is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The double standard is the ROI being the main requirement for something like solar panels (capital).
Creating a better good for society has value in itself. Just as reducing the public good by polluting subtracts value.
Edited by manuel, 21 September 2017 - 08:40 PM.