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Durango, CO 81301


Based in Durango, Colorado, Flatrock Solar is a locally owned and operated solar panel contractor and installer serving the Durango area from Cortez to Pagosa Springs and Silverton to Ignacio.  Flatrock Solar has been helping businesses, homeowners and non-profits convert Colorado sunshine into clean, renewable energy since 2010.  

Thoughts - musings on solar panels and renewable energy

This page is for thoughts and ideas about solar and the environment in general.  I'm passionate about solar and think and read about it daily.  This will be a space for these thoughts.

Solar vs S&P 500

Matt Helms


If you look at the historic average return on investment of the S&P 500 vs. a solar system you can see what a solid investment solar is.  These two charts below compare your annual and cumulative return on investment if you invested the same amount of money in either the S&P 500 or in a solar system.  The steady return on your investment with solar would be a better long term investment (and easier on your stomach than the roller coaster of the stock market).

Annual return on investment in a solar electric system in the greater Durango Colorado area vs. the S&P 500

Your solar investment dollars will grow more quickly than the S&P 500, when compared to the last 25 years of the S&P 500.

Cumulative return on investment for a solar power system in the Durango area.

And since your investment in solar is a savings compared to earnings in the stock market, you won’t have to pay taxes on the solar investment return!  And by the way, because the price of electricity is very unlikely to decrease in the future and solar panels today have a 25 year warranty, your investment is very low risk.