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Comment: Re:If you want better legislation (Score 1) 356

by Barsteward (#49136621) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
so what should we do? Shut all fossil fuel power stations until they reach close to 100% efficiency or use what we got so far and keep improving it?

the panels are "good enough" to get installing, the only thing lacking is home power storage. Sure, in X years time the panels will get more efficient to the point where you'll need less of them on the roof and possibly may also work to some degree on lower levels of light.

You have to get the market going to encourage more companies to join in and get more people interested in developing and improving the technology. Its a bit of the chicken and egg scenario with new technology, look how long its taken for the motor vehicle industry to get semi-efficient

Comment: Re:What's more important? (Score 1) 356

by Barsteward (#49131937) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
no. imagine the push back from the fossil fuel industries, you'd have a war. i think its better for every building to have solar (where possible) with battery storage just to get around one single point of failure that is the power generating company (either the management or actual generator failure). this single point of failure wipes out whole areas.

Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 1) 356

by Barsteward (#49131497) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
i expect they used their healthy subsidies to build that network or at least used that as the excuse to be "encouraged" to build it. Its in their own interests to build it because they can get solar power from households at a cheaper rate and sell it expensively to someone else ( and a lot less grief than buying coal/gas to burn )

Comment: Re: Wrong! (Score 1) 356

by Barsteward (#49131413) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
if your house was well insulated, you could to use the AC less. the less leaks in a house envelope the better but you'd have to work out some sort of ventilation system that cools air coming in from outside (opposite to the normal heat ventilation recovery systems http://yourhome.honeywell.com/... )

Comment: Re:Fuck it - everyone for themselves. (Score 1) 356

by Barsteward (#49131147) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
"the idea that there shouldn't be any fee or cost to selling your power back is about the same as thinking ups or fedex should ship all the stuff I sell on ebay for me at no cost." - do the utilities charge the coal and gas producers for delivering product to their power generating stations? its less effort for them to receive power from premises with solar than ordering coal and gas and burning it. premises with solar are suppliers not consumers (if they create more than they use)

yes, they should buy it for less and sell for more but why should the supplier pay for any infrastructure?

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