Solar panels

Installing solar at age eighty might seem like a surprising financial decision. After all, investments in rooftop solar panels can take years to pay off.

But Lynne and Richard Adams of Wilmington, North Carolina, have no regrets about taking the plunge three years ago.

Richard Adams: “We may not be in the house long enough to pay off the capital expenditure, but the savings each year have been really remarkable.”

The couple also expects that the solar investment will increase the value of their home – a benefit, whether they decide to sell it themselves or pass it on to their kids.

Research suggests they’re right to be optimistic. A 2015 study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy found that homes with solar panels sold, on average, for about $15,000 more than similar homes without solar.

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The couple says solar panels are still uncommon in their community. But they’d like to inspire other people – whether retirement age or not – to make the investment.

Lynne Adams: “We sleep very well at night knowing we’re doing our little bit towards the environment …. I would say, if you can do it, do it.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.