Friday, November 11, 2005

CBS News | Sunny Days For Solar Panels | November 10, 2005?22:00:03

CBS News | Sunny Days For Solar Panels | November 10, 2005?22:00:03
This seems like a good thing that will become more and more popular in the future. Hey, it alleviates the load on the grid and if you have a battery bank as part of the system it would also provide power if the grid went down. Thinking about what happened after Wilma I think this type of system would have been better than a generator. We had clear cool days right after the storm with lots of sunshine. A system with solar panels would have been able to power at least some of the critical circuits in the house.

As I understand it most of the US production of solar electric generating panels is going to Spain and other countries. The US is making most of the solar panels but we are shipping them to other countries who, being much smarter than us, are using them to generate electricity to free themselves from their dependency on petroleum. When are we going to wise up and start implementing alternate energy generating technologies like this? Does it make sense for us to be making the panels and selling them to other countries?

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