Patti and Terry live off-grid in our solar/wind powered water and waste recycling "ecoark". We garden organically. Terry has 25 years experience with photovoltaics and other alternative energy systems and has designed and built 2 full scale "closed cycle" ecoarks or CELSS (Closed Ecological Life Support System) testbeds where total recycling of air, water and waste are the norm. If you are seeking expertise in the art/science of alternative energy systems, constructed wetlands waste treatment, and related subjects, consult with Terry. We also run 2 large yahoogroups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andorprojex (all ages sustainable systems and communities think tank) and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainablelifestyles (adults only focusing on the software of sustainable lifestyles) ...
I definitely agree about the long time health considerations and pollution. A few years ago, for every $1 of energy production, the power company was spending $3 to clean up the pollution. They even imported the less polluting coal from out of state.
I read your financial savings summary on the solar panels, but I find it not economically feasible for someone wanting to install these panels if these watt costs are correct. The utility KWH rate from some of the highest places in the country is only $.30/kwh-1000 watts per hour. This may go up another 40% when the Smart Meters are installed on homes to determine the efficiency use of electricity. If electricity is not used efficiently, the home owner will be penalized. Commercial buildings have been going through this for years.
WOW! What powerful posts. Good to read empowered, educated folks speaking "typing" with passion for the environment. We are at the tipping point for mother earth. I hope we get it right! I'll remember to keep checking back for more inspired reading. Thanks!
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