I'm happy for ya and I find you laughable. You bother to consider the useful life of your panels? Bother to take into account the they degrade around 1-2% yearly? Bother to consider what the cost of replacing them or disposing of them is or the fact that they are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of in an approved landfill at substantial cost (to you)? I bet not. People are short sighted. I guess it you want an array destroying your landscape, have at it. Wonder where the panels were made and where the rare earth minerals came from. Bet it wasn't here either.I don't conveniently forget anything about the source of power for my electric car - I know it comes from my 15 kW solar array. I know that because I plug it in to charge when it is sunny and producing power. And if I didn't, that solar power output is offsetting other power generation - the power is not being wasted.
20% of US power comes from renewables (hydro, solar, wind). 20% comes from nukes. 20% comes from coal. The balance is largely natural gas. It varies state by state. It's a lot cleaner than that in upstate NY (85% nuclear, hydro or wind.
What was true of the grid 15 years ago (coal supplied 50% of US electricity) is not true today. And that is true of nearly every state, including most historically 90%+ coal-sourced electricity states.
Better hang on tour shorts, it will only get rougher and more costly as time goes on. Glad I'm an old fart.
My cousin has Tesla, the fancy AWD SUV one. I've driven it, it's fast. Do I want one, never. Every time he comes to visit, first thing I have to do is plug it into the 220 shop power 'cause no charge stations around here. My philosophy is, what blows your dress up don't blow mine up.
I have solar panels on my RV so I'm guilty as charged as well but I use them to keep the batteries charged, not as a prime source of power.