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  •  It makes so much sense (3+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, AnnCetera, Rick Winrod

    I'm still surprised that the technology has not been pushed further, faster. I don't pretend to understand why, I just thought we would be much further along by now in the application of Solar for most houses.

    •  Having a house hooked up to the grid (4+ / 0-)

      is very convenient , almost all the big consumer goods are made for working with power from the grid . Getting people to switch from the old ways/gear is not going to be easy .

      "There are several of us trying to put the crazies back in the box." Admiral William Fallon

      by indycam on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 05:11:47 PM PST

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      •  It's not as if one has to buy 12 volt appliances (2+ / 0-)
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        randallt, offgrid

        ...to use off-grid solar.  The same appliances are used in the house, except that large things that heat with electricity are replaced with direct use of fuel.  Natural gas/propane cooking range and water heater, for example.  At today's prices, major efforts are made towards efficiency to reduce system size in an off-grid installation.

        I don't see the grid going away, it would be highly uneconomical to build every house to produce for peak electric demand.  

        The Republican Party is a criminal enterprise.

        by Bronx59 on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 06:08:22 PM PST

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