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View Diary: Let's put 'solar panels on every home' say Robert Kennedy Jr. and David Crane (190 comments)

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  •  Start with new construction and (11+ / 0-)

    new housing developments. The picture in the diary is a good example. Lay out developments with east-west running streets. North-south streets are poor for solar energy and for energy efficiency. The roofs are not south-facing and the east and west-facing windows get too much sun during the summer but not enough during the winter. Design homes with solar panels in mind, then install the panels in homes during construction.

    There needs to be some kind of incentive for developers to do this.

    (New homes should also be required to have radon mitigation, if tests show a high level. That's most easily done during construction, but that's another issue.)

    We have a south-facing home, but the roof is broken up with gables so there's not a good flat south-facing area.

    •  Much my thought as well, although I'd also (0+ / 0-)

      want the roofs redesigned to maximize southern exposure. There might be structural issues that I'm not aware of, but it seems like it should be possible to build homes with 75% or more of the roof facing south.

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