This is worth aspiring to! Wow!

Thanks to +Bonnie Pickartz for sharing this.

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Half Of Germany running on Solar power!!!

When is America going to get its head out of the sand and get with the program? Solar is cheap and feasible now, there is no reason we can't surpass what Germany is doing. Is there any coincidence Germany is one of the only thriving economies on the planet? it's called getting out of the oil economy. Oh yeah, we're too busy worrying about homosexuality and abortion, who's got time for real issues?

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Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power
A world record is shattered, and the path made clearer for nations seeking to switch to renewable energy.

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0 thoughts on “This is worth aspiring to! Wow!

  1. I would be a bigger advocate of solar power if the cost in petroleum-dollars for their manufacture (and replacement) was not higher than the savings in petroleum-dollars of energy. When we have solar panels that last 50-100 years or longer, we will be ready to convert. Until then we are just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

    But some technology on the horizon is cause for optimism.

  2. They're more efficient these days than they were in the 70s, for sure. I'm curious what the equipment lifespan is – and when the installation ROI is met. I'd install if I could, but our home and most of our property is pretty shaded, so it would be wasteful of us to install at this location.

    A colleague of mine had it installed on her 200 year old "leaky/non-efficient" house and her electricity bill is about $10/mo. (It was about $8k to install, though.) She feeds into the grid and the meter runs backwards during the day when she and her family of 4 are off to work and school, and then the meter runs the normal way when they use the electricity at night. I'd love to pay $10/mo for electricity. Her ROI is about 4-5 years. I guess if the lifespan of the equipment outlasts that, they're doing well.

  3. The last time I personally knew of an installation was about three years ago in Vermont. The estimate at that time was a return on investment of about 10 years. But what was left out of the equation was the incentives. The install cost to the homeowner $25000 but the government paid another $45000. Adding that to the RIO made it more like 25 years. Unfortunately the replacement estimate was 15 years.

    Things are a lot better, and will become much better soon. But as of yet, I have not heard anyone claim that the total cost represents an advantage in petroleum dollars. The construction materials have to be mined, processed and shipped using oil, and that costs more than it saves so far.

    Here's a good TED talk on the energy situation.
    https://plus.google.com/102904128915733925934/posts/45myZqGS563

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