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  •  Power is power... (4.00)
    ...however it's made. I think we need a combination of large and small-scale power generation. What, you're going to ignore a very promising source of power because you dislike the corporations that are going to have to underwrite it? Tell you what. Cut your electricity usage in half or a third just so you can keep your local sources under your control.

    Solar's cool and all, but, wait, you need large corporations to make solar panels! The equipment to make solar panels is crazily expensive and technologically complex: certainly not a local endeavor.

    •  Solar PV panels DO require... (none)
      ...large corporations for manufacturing - you're quite correct - but the point is to reduce dependence on those corporations as much as is practical.  It would be ridiculous to try and eliminate them altogether, and that's not my point.

      It's worth noting, however, that PV panels are getting cheaper all the time - economies of scale - and while their manufacture is somewhat reasearch-intensive, at the moment, their manufacturing processes aren't really all that complex.

      I just don't see anything better - for the environment, or for the individual.

      JF

      Invest in your future - VOTE DIEBOLD!

      by Jaime Frontero on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 07:07:18 AM PST

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    •  I forgot... (none)
      One of the most important points about PV panel implementation is this:

      Yes, the panels are expensive - but they are a one-time purchase, and entirely subject to the competitive/supply-and-demand vagaries of the marketplace.

      Buying electricity is not competitive.  It is, in almost all cases, a government mandated monopoly:  as are all large-scale power generation endeavors.

      That's why we're screwed by the current grid - and unscrewed with solar PV...

      JF

      Invest in your future - VOTE DIEBOLD!

      by Jaime Frontero on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 07:35:24 AM PST

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