Large Scale Small Scale Solar

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    Tell me why is it better to spend billions of dollars on government funded solar "farms" that destroy wild open spaces and will create all kinds of problems with our existing power grid by dumping large and sporadic amounts of electricity into a single point than it is to rethink solar use to a large scale small scale strategy?

    Let me elaborate.

    We have unused real estate to the tune of hundreds of thousands of acres that are usable for solar power right now. There is no development needed and the infrastructure to install solar panels and use the power produces are already in place.

    This real estate i speak of are the millions of south and southwest facing roof tops in every state.

    Large scale small scale entails installing solar panels on every one of these already suitable roofs and tying them all into the grid. This strategy solves the major problems with large scale solar farms mentioned earlier; the cost of building them, the spoiling of our empty wild lands and the power distribution problems. The real estate already exists and power would trickle into the grid in small amounts from many points rather than just one

    Homeowners could receive tax credits for installing their own panels or they could lease their rooftops to the utilities or receive a discounted electric rate.

    This solution is simple, cost effective and immediately implementable. That our so called leaders haven't thought of it illustrates their fixation on big wasteful and obscenely expensive projects that are doing nothing for us.
     
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    There are commercial and industrial buildings with roof space measured in acres. And with the new thin film solar panels, it would not add significant weight. As you stated, grid is already there, and no environmental damage from new roads.
     
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    I agree.

    WE ought to be creating MULTIPLE sources all over the nation.

    The loss of efficiency we suffer will be offset by the fact that will solar might not be working on one area it will be working in another (wealther ya know?).

    We need to ease our way into solar power to AUGMENT existing power systems.

    And we ough not make it all in a few gigantic solar farms for the aforementioned reasons.
     
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    Solar power catchin' on in Chile...
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    15 April 2012 - One thing not lacking in Chile's Atacama Desert is sunshine.
     
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    In a desert land like that, close to the equator, that is the perfect place to use solar for desalinization.
     
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    Solar energy is symbolic. You can't squeeze enough electricity out of it no matter how much you want to fool yourself. Ever see a solar farm? It's the ugliest thing in the world next to a gigantic humming useless windmill.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjrMDNpODOc]The Guy From Boston is Concerned About Global Warming - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Its not concentrated energy. Its an excellent idea on a local residential type basis. I'm working on plans for a new house right now and will be using solar along with geothermal coils.
     
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    it would not add significant weight. As you stated, grid is already there, and no environmental damage from new roads.
     
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    LOL. Hey Whitey, how is your new buggy whip manufacturing facility working out?:lol:
     

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