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    RunawayRose, A Siegel

    Massachusetts has the Commonwealth Solar program to subsidize the installation of up to 5kw of PV for the home. One of the problems is that they insist on a professional approved installer and electrician. Considering that we are just over the housing peak, the cost of any improvement having to do with a home is astronomical. If it weren't for that, my roof would be covered with PVs today. Following their requirements for approved installers doubles the cost.

    Part of this Adam discusses in this diary, that is, the fact that every installation is custom. If there were standard packaged systems that could be installed by drilling a few holes, turning a few bolts and hooking up a few wires then the cost would plummet.

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