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  •  Hartmann Reported Germany's Rooftop Solar Program (3+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, johngoes, mark louis

    has added 8 nuclear power plants' worth of solar energy to the grid. I guess they're concluding or pausing it at this point.

    And their weather is comparable to the Great Lakes area more or less.

    We've got a lovely south facing garage roof I wish I could solarize.

    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 Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 04:17:32 PM PDT

    •  Start small, work your way up (1+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose

      Install an inverter and a couple of panels, then add panels over time. As the technology improves, panel prices will come down, and you'll be able to expand using the savings from the ones you've already installed.

      I just wish the rebates allowed homeowners to do the installs and have a certified electrician inspect it, hook to the grid (if desired) and document the results, instead of requiring the electrician to do the full installation. I think removing that major cost hurdle (usually half the cost) would result in a huge increase in installations.

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