Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sunny Day for Solar Couple

Nice story on the Upper Darby couple with the solar powered house.

And yet, it should be remembered that without all the tax rebates and government regulations forcing utility companies to buy back solar energy from "consumers," the costs would be prohibitive for the vast majority of people.

The panels cost $29,000. Taxpayers subsidize half that cost. They expect the panels to pay for themselves in saved energy in five to seven years. If they do it will only be because government regulators and environmentalists help drive up the cost of less-expensive energy sources through higher taxes and regulation.


Blogger a.ashfield said...

I should have posted my comment here, but didn't see your blog until just now.

As Mr. & Mrs. Seker had no compunction in taking our money to install their solar cells (grant for half the $29,000 cost?) they might consider what others have done to reduce the payback time. Install a larger system and use high efficiency lamps to shine on it when there is no sunlight. The difference in cost between bought conventional power for the lamps and what they are paid for the output from the solar cells can be quite profitable.

That the cost of electricity generated by clean, safe, non-polluting liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR) would only be half of what we now pay is, of course, quite irrelevant.

Adrian Ashfield

April 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

Add to that the batteries they charge!
Then the DC to AC power inverter that has to be hooked up.
Then an automatic rheostat to switch back and forth from PECO to Inverter power.

I hope they never want to run AC during the summer.

I am happy for these people. But energy independence is still a long technological breakthrough from truly being here.

We need Nuclear Power now!!

April 22, 2010 at 3:31 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but here's a couple trying to advance our movement away from our reliance on foreign fuel, and you find something wrong with what they are doing. I guess we should all refuse to accept anything that is subsidized by taxpayers. I know this is difficult, but try to think of it like this. Remember the first laptops? You couldn't touch one for under $1000. Now you can buy them for $350. Remember grasshopper. Every journey starts with the first step.

April 22, 2010 at 10:30 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

I kinda take a different opinion on this one - if my roof had a better position with respect to sunlight, I'd take advantage now. Why not? What haven't we subsidized to this point?

April 23, 2010 at 9:05 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...


April 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Exactly. The first thing that went through my mind while reading this story was "we can really learn alot from this woman"

April 24, 2010 at 6:59 PM 

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