At some point, solar will be even more cost effective. I sure wish I had a couple banks of panels, for power and heat, BUT.......I have seen many installs and the results are quite satisfying, so blend whatever systems we can to satisfy our hot water, heat, and power needs. I work on two Hydros, and never ask 'why'. It is a no-brainer...and yes the environmental impact on the plants, fish, bunny huggers.......beats the hell out of a nukie going bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will never get everyone excited about whatever is the latest, greatest, anyway. If it works for you, by all means go for it. Back in the day, there were lots of small windmills that powered electrical generators and pumped water in remote locations around here. Many are still there, power ones are not active, but the water pumps still are. Old solar panels are not worth anything, compared to a 40 year old AA, EFM, GJ, Keystoker, Allen, Walker, Yellow Flame, Van Wert. Even the big boilers from Mills and International are still as good as the day they left the foundry.
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