"[The company] designs, installs, and maintains solar-energy systems fitted
to homeowners' roofs. Instead of asking for a big upfront payment, it leases
the systems. As the panels produce power, surplus electricity is sold back
to the local utility. Combined with the savings that come from using less
power from the grid, this will typically reduce the homeowner's electric
bill by enough to offset the lease payments."
If it works, good for them. Homeowners are either reluctant or just
don't have the money to pay for a system. This makes it easier to
Here in New England, I'm a bit skeptical on payback, but in the south,
it may be the way to go.
Indeed. We both heat and cool with electricity and "only" spend something
less than $1700 (five months @ $200 and seven around $100). $9K in
electricity? Yikes! Either harry is lying again, or he's worse than AlBore.
On Tue, 8 May 2012 07:17:22 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as
a permanent form of government."
"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters
discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who
promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result
that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy,
which is always followed by a dictatorship."
Attributed to Alexander Tyler
On Tue, 8 May 2012 20:33:22 -0500, "Attila.Iskander"
You could probably point to Feudalism which lasted close to 1000 years
from the fall of the Romans to the rise of the Western Democracies and
that is the supposed system Tyler would be referring to but I assume
he may have also been thinking about the Romans.
Hmmm. If the idea is to just kick start the program,
seems to me that there has been one hell of a lot of
kick starting that's been going on around the world.
Yet it's still no where near cost effective. The panels
apparently are now so cheap that companies here
can't build them and make a profit, eg Solyndra
As to later folks not doing as well, now why would
that be? Instead of paying the current 75c you say
you're getting, let's say they reduce it to 50c. If
the kickstarting works the cost of the solar systems
will have dropped by then so that the same economic
incentive would remain for those choosing to install it.
I see no indication that these can stand on their own
without large subsidy.
The latter part shows why Europe is in even more trouble
than the USA. Politicians handing out freebies with a
25 year guarantee.
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