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  •  Lowering the constant cost (25+ / 0-)

    of electricity is a great reason to invest in solar, regardless of subsidies or tax breaks. The electric bill break is often enough to make it pay for itself in 5 years or less. Depending on whether or not you get your electricity from those ever-so-nifty nukes or not. Around here it's coal and nukes. I have a 100-year old 28-foot square chestnut log/timber cabin w/loft, half-basement and 1 bath, wood heat and no AC, that averages $250/mo for 'trons from Duke. That's no great deal for seriously sub-average usage, we'll be installing solar (electricity and hot water) as soon as we're done with the mortgage, now scheduled for this time next year...

    But the best thing about solar is that nobody has to worry about their neighbor cornering the supply in order to corner the market. The sun shines on the good and the evil, the great and the small, all the same. §;o)

    •  Well actually my neighbor's trees corner my (1+ / 0-)
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      solar supply. I was only able to put up hot water heat panels, not photovoltaics, because of the shade from their trees.

      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:18:57 AM PST

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      •  Bummer! And of course (2+ / 0-)

        in cities there's all those tall buildings that should have solar panels and wind generators on the roofs but don't. Yes, you do have to either have chosen your property and lot well, or developed/built it to take advantage of what sun there is.

        Guess if I had a neighbor with trees so tall they shade out my ability to go solar, I'd ply them with foods and see if we couldn't come to some arrangement. Might even mention that trees so tall as to shade sun on my roof (and yard, where I'd dearly love to plant some 'maters) just might be a nasty tort waiting to happen next time the wind blows hard toward my house...

        Heck, might even offer to buy them some mini fruit trees to plant along that property line instead, suggest we trade cherries/apples for 'maters. Even be entirely honest and suggest at the next block party that we ALL go solar to add real re-sale value to our homes and community, or collectively go in to install solar on any properties without houses that may be in the neighborhood, for everyone to use. Maybe include a community garden or two. Though ample subsidies and grants for that kind of development would help a whole lot. Might work, you never know.

        •  Wouldn't work. They love these trees. They dump (0+ / 0-)

          tons of crud on my roof, too, cleaning under the overhang (as much as 15-20 feet into my yard) is a beech, too. They took out a bunch of other trees, but want to keep these forever. They're great folks.

          This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

          by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 11:20:32 PM PST

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