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In light of all the news regarding the effects of global warming, see:
Cities at Risk of Rising Sea Levels, Polar Bear SOS,etc. it is simply outrageous that the Senate GOP Says No to Al Gore-Global Warming Concert at Capitol

Note that the concert won't cost taxpayers anything, since Live Earth and the Alliance for Climate Protection will reimburse the Capitol Police for the cost of security during the concert.

Below is a web site re: renting solar panels which will enable individuals the chance to adopt green energy without an enourmous initial investment.

One can rent solar panels for a 'security deposit' of $500 and perhaps lower one's electricity bills a little. We signed up for it, but since their manufacturing plant will not be ready until sometime in October 2007, we probably will not get the system installed until sometime in January or February 2008.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions go to:

In contrast, our electrical utility provider 'Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)' has its own solar energy program. See:

But as can be seen from LIPA's web site the cost for installing solar panels is prohibitively expensive

How much does a Solar electric or photovoltaics (PV) system cost?
The total cost of a PV system includes the PV system and installation. Your PV system's cost will depend on a number of factors, including system size and the energy efficiency of your home, whether the home is under construction and whether the PV is integrated into the roof or mounted on top of an existing roof. The cost also varies depending on the PV system rating, size, manufacturer, retailer and installer. Small-scaled PV systems with built-in inverters that produce about 600 watts of power may cost about $10 per watt ($6,000). These small systems will offset only a small fraction of your electricity bill. A 2-kilowatt system that will offset the needs of a very energy-efficiency home may cost $8 to $10 per watt ($16,000-$20,000). At the high end, a 10-kilowatt system that will completely offset the energy needs of many conventional homes may cost $7 to $8 per watt ($70,000-$80,000). These prices of course, are just rough estimates, and your costs will depend on your system's configuration, your equipment options and other factors.

Originally posted to Independent Musings on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 01:20 PM PDT.

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