I am trying to watch the big game on TV right now but I am finding it a little difficult to concentrate. It is not because my daughter is practicing her clarinet or my son is talking to his girlfriend on the phone. The reason I am distracted this time is because my neighbors just had a solar power system installed and I don’t know what to think about it.
I have seen those ads on TV for solar power instillation but that was TV, not the real world. I never thought I would be looking across the street and seeing a truck pull in next door with a logo that says, ”Big Edie’s Solar solutions.” It has me feeling a touch unsettled. I don’t know anything about this solar power stuff and I am not sure what kind of people these are that are having it put into their house. I would have thought that my neighbors would have come over first and told me they were planning on doing this. Last year when I caught their teenage daughter, Rubi, smoking in the yard, I called up MRS. Holiday and told her I was concerned. Every time we have a cook out in the back yard I call up the family and invite them over. We have a few beers, talk about life and family. It is stuff like this that makes this such a great place to live; we have a strong sense of community around here. Now the whole thing is changing, they are installing solar panels and I don’t know if I like it.
I have read about solar panels in the paper and it seems great. You get lower energy costs and it helps the environment out too but it has always been something I read about or saw on TV, now it is out there right in front of my house. I just want to relax and enjoy the game but how could I ever relax again if me and our neighbors don’t have the kind of trust where we tell each other about what is going on in our lives. I imagine that I would feel differently about the whole thing if they had just called first and said, “Look, neighbor, we are having a home solar power system put in and I just wanted to see how you feel about it first.”
I know the energy costs are going to be lower but what else might change? Are we going to be the kind of community where someone has their home burglarized and no one even mentions it? If they think having solar power is so amazing then why didn’t they tell us that we should have switched to solar energy along with them? I tell you, the whole thing has got me real bothered. I think later today, I am going to go over there and have a heart to heart and find out what is going on with these people. I hope we can regain the rust we have been enjoying for the last ten years again.