Berlin wrote:jpete, we shouldn't be putting subsidies behind ANYTHING. everyone with their own allotment of 50K worth of solar panels? that would be great... until the first good spring hailstorm hit, or during extended and heavy/regular snowfall like we see in buffalo. Right now these renewables can't even get close to competing on a level playing field, and, until they can, we don't need to be wasting america's wealth treading water; we have the capability for some of the cheapest electricity in the world, we need to use it to grow our economy and our competitive edge in the world. We cannot afford to *censored* our resource advantages away on subsidizing via taxpayers or ratepayers uncompetitive and wasteful "green" energy sources.
Right on brother.
I have a little experience on my boat with a solar panel and my friend had a small wind mill. The solar panel (10 amps at 13+- volts max output) would be charging 3 deep cycle lead acid batteries during the week while I worked. If I added another solar panel, had I had the room, I would need some electronic device to monitor the batteries so they wouldn't get cooked. If I went off on a three day weekend on the boat the batteries would get low unless I started the diesel and topped them up for a half hour or so and that was being careful with the juice. I like piece and quite so I really don't like doing that. My friends wind mill worked better but in the summer sometimes you can have several days without wind. Same result. I've come to the conclusion that unless you are going to dramatically reduce power consumption the systems that are required are just too expensive to be practical. I consider them (solar panels and wind mills) to be specialty items with limited practical applications.