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  •  Economy of scale (4+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, ferg, Joieau, elginblt

    Right now, its more economical to do solar at a utility scale (Soitec and First Solar).  The solar plants in this country are doing really well.

    •  That's only because the banksters (3+ / 0-)
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      BYw, Just Bob, Calamity Jean

      have figured out how to manipulate the incentives to their advantage (their evil, not stupid). If we want to create a lot of jobs and not tax the electric grid, we should promote residential and light commercial solar.

      -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

      by Blueslide on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:45:12 PM PST

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      •  No, its because the parts and components (0+ / 0-)

        and maintenance at a large scale is more economical and have a better ROI than a single panel on your roof.

        •  I dunno (0+ / 0-)

          The latest installed cost for a couple MW is $1.50/watt? Then you have to ship it to where its needed and the utility may have to accomodate the connection with more gear. You can do a small residential job for under $4/watt, no connection woes and most power gets used within earshot. You also employ more people wit the installation, get more individuals invested in solar and send incentives paid by local ratepayers to mom and pop who will likely spend it locally...its win-win unlike multi MW installs funded by bankers that ship in cheap labor, siphon out the local incentive money and walk away.

          -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

          by Blueslide on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:56:32 PM PST

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