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Solar works, even in the rainy Northwest


Photo credit: NBC News

– “Home Solar Panels Make Gains in America, Even in Rainy Seattle”
“Going solar is expensive, but a confluence of plummeting equipment prices, rising utility bills, new financing schemes and a raft of federal, state, and local incentives are encouraging homeowners across America to take the plunge and put photovoltaic panels on their roofs, even in rainy Seattle.

In 2013, 792 megawatts of solar capacity was installed on homes. That figure is expected to increase 61 percent in 2014 and another 53 percent in 2015, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a Washington-based trade group. A megawatt of solar capacity is typically enough to power 200 average U.S. homes, though the number varies depending on factors such as available sunlight and panel orientation,” quoting John Roach, NBC News.
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Editor’s note:
I have successfully powered my Yelm homes with solar since 1992.

– “Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot”
“It’s hard to rig the rules against increasingly competitive green energy options,” quoting Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins,Other Words, by the Institute for Policy Studies.
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– “Rules Prevent Solar Panels In Many States With Abundant Sunlight”
“Few places in the country are so warm and bright as Mary Wilkersons property on the beach near St. Petersburg, Fla., a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days.

But while Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators have worked successfully to keep most Floridians from using that sunshine to generate their own power,” quoting Evan Halper, Liberty Crier.
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– “Visit solar sites around Thurston County”
Saturday, September 13th 10am to 4pm
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Posted by Steve on August 19, 2014 at 7:03 am | Permalink

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