Solar panels vs. Coal, a matter of perspective?

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Re: Solar panels vs. Coal, a matter of perspective?

PostBy: GoodProphets On: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:42 pm

Freddy made an investment.
Put his money to good work.

Not only is the money making him money, it is also a safe and very low risk.

Always have to keep in mind that prices of everything including electric are going up.
Buying solar and you lock in the price you payed for it.

The only downside if any is will solar ever get cheaper or more efficient?

Not in the near future.
Could take 20 years to see drastic changes.

Grid ties is the most efficient, with a small battery bank.
Banking a household consumption for day or days worth is where money is being thrown away.
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Re: Solar panels vs. Coal, a matter of perspective?

PostBy: Lightning On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:27 pm

Freddy wrote:Germany is more north than New England, yet they are the solar capital of the world. I don't know what their electric rates are but they are pounding in the solar like nobody else.
Yes I heard that too. My wife has a friend that is a native of Germany. She is a college professor here and goes to visit Germany a few weeks per year. She wants to get solar for her home here, too. She also said gasoline is over $8.00 a gallon!
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Re: Solar panels vs. Coal, a matter of perspective?

PostBy: franco b On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:44 pm

Germany has very high electric rates to subsidize the wind turbines and solar panels. It has reached the stage where many manufacturers can no longer compete unless they move production to where rates are cheaper. Spain is also a disaster.
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