What is Solar Secrets?
We at Solar Secrets don’t doubt that solar power may have some legitimate role to play in the nation’s energy portfolio, where it makes market sense and doesn’t depend on endless taxpayer support or government intervention for survival. But solar power -- despite decades of hype and favorable treatment -- still hasn’t shown that it can gain and maintain market share without the need for a crutch. That crutch most often takes the form of direct or indirect subsidies, cost-shifting schemes, government mandates or other kinds of favorable treatment.
This site was created to help average Americans keep solar power in perspective. We want the industry to fulfill its promise without picking all our pockets along the way. We’re here to help keep the solar industry and its growing lobbying army honest, by telling some hard truths about the hidden costs, market impacts, technical limitations and occasionally shady side of this highly-touted technology.
If we stand accused of raining on solar power’s parade, so be it. The industry has no shortage of starry-eyed cheerleaders in politics, media and the environmental movement to sing its praises. Until solar is willing to truly stand on its own, and can at long last deliver on decades of false promises, somebody out here has to tell the truth about solar, as a service to taxpayers, ratepayers and energy consumers who deserve a more balanced and honest perspective than they’ll get elsewhere.