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Re: [APD] Solar energy

That was a good 4 cents!  Solar power will succeed only (in my opinion) 
if it is in the form of a roofing product that is competitive with good 
quality concrete tiles, but, of course, is actually solar cells.  The 
wiring of those cells would be the responsibility of the home 
builder/buyer, but the inverter and other electronic gadgetry needed to 
interconnect every roof in the neighborhood to the power grid, would, 
like the electric meter today, be the responsibility of the power 
company.  That is simply an engineering problem, and it is a problem 
that can be solved.  Unfortunately, once solved it probably reduces the 
profit of the power company rather than increasing it.  Therein lies 
the rub.

Vaughn H.

On Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at 09:01 PM, Chris Hotte wrote:

> My two cents. The faster peak oil hits
> (http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net), the better. The transitional
> pains would be terrible, but it will force innovation. There are other
> solutions. One is wave power (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_power),
> like solar needs research and development. However it's hard for
> innovation to be made into a market which has very little in the 
> promise
> of profit for large providers. Wave power has that potential, whereas I
> don't think solar does.
> - C

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