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  •  Well, Uncle Sam can put limits on it (1+ / 0-)
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    100% up to x output at a maximum of $y dollars/watt. No one will want to pay more than $y dollars/watt, because the overage is (a) out of pocket, and (b) unnecessary.

    •  Fine, but it won't ever be cheaper than that (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, Whatithink

      Think about it.  If it's your money, and supplier B charges less than A, you get to keep the money.

      But if it's a subsidy, it's spend it or lose it.  So if supplier B is cheaper, it doesn't save you anything.  And supplier B will know that, and won't be cheaper.  The value of the subsidy is what the price will be.

      And then it goes to lobyists and bribed politicians to decide what the subsidy "should" be, which will always be more than it really needs to be.  And again the CEO gets rich off everyone else's money.

      You can let the market set the price, or have corruption and graft.

      •  Not a foregone conclusion (0+ / 0-)

        If provider B can provide more services in addition to the panels for the same price as provider A is offering for a lower grade of service, then B is going to win on price. As long as there are multiple providers seeking business, they will try to find ways to attract your business from the other guy.

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