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  •  Rooftop Solar, Absolutely. Finance is Really the (8+ / 0-)

    only obstacle. It needs to not complicate home sales, and there needs to be lending for installation with the home energy bill tradeoff so that it can be rolled out below median income.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 06:41:27 AM PST

    •  Yep. You know what irks me? Thirty-two... (6+ / 0-)

      ...years ago when I was managing editor of the Solar Law Reporter, we were saying the same thing.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 06:54:58 AM PST

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      •  A few years earlier than that, (3+ / 0-)
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        I saw my first off-the-grid house on an Ozark  hillside. Big passive solar facing south and solar panels along side. It even had a refrigerator -- with a battery about half its size to keep going! They even taught basic solar in our local tech school, where my retired parents took the course.

        Thank you, MB, for keeping up the good fight!

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 07:26:47 AM PST

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        •  the first time I ever heard about solar was when I (2+ / 0-)
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          first saw it on a small living quarters ('69 or '70) in a Commune in southern Colorado near Pueblo, Drop City was it's name.
          The place had geodesic dome building using triangles cut from wrecking yard cars' hoods and roofs and one big community building, but one small building had some strange thing called solar power.
          I can't remember any names but I remember an older hippie told me he and his "old lady" had electricity for free and he showed me some panels on the south side of their place, telling me a little about how it worked (soon forgotten by me in those days).
          I was amazed because I really did think he was joking with me but he did have electricity (I don't remember much more than a soft light) and there were no power lines running to their little out building.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:16:38 PM PST

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    •  And make it easier to hook to the grid. (4+ / 0-)

      A lot of people don't know you can do that. They think they would have to rely totally on the solar panels and the windmill.  What about when it's cloudy? What about when there's no wind?

      Hooked to the grid, you can radically cut your use of on-grid electricity,  get credit for your excess solar and wind energy and  still have electricity when your solar and wind sources aren't providing enough.(Which happens less often than people think.) Plus, you don't have the initial high cost of huge banks of batteries.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 07:14:05 AM PST

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