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In Response to Re: NRG Skirts Utilities Taking Solar Panels to U.S. Rooftop:
I've been involved in environmental issues for decades and have watched this trend. No, it's not a 'blip', but as anyone who has watched the 'green movement' for awhile, we know how slow change comes.
NRG was originally a fossil-fuel energy company, as most were/are. They are slowly going to alternative energy.
One of the biggest issues is efficiency, similar to the issues with batteries. Solar panels continually get better in efficiency, but slowly. As the article states, panels are costly, but slowly dropping. Some readers may be aware that right now, as a generalization, the solar panel industry is hurting to the point of bankruptcy. Solyndra is not alone. My readings on the industry indicate the industry is looking for lighter, thinner, easier to install panels along with, of course, more efficiency and less cost.
It will keep going, slowly. Just as a little anecdote, many of us campers have solar panels now and the numbers are increasing. In the past several years, built-in solar panels from the factory are an option from several camper manufacturers. (If you're not aware, campers work on 12 volt systems that are converted to AC when plugged in). Converting campers is certainly not going to cause a drop in energy consumption, but it is raising awareness. The camping community now has many discussions on how solar panels work.
Posted by retiredtraveler
Nice post I agree, solar use is a slow thing as they continually push for better and cheaper panels, but, they are going to see more use as time goes by. I know nothing about campers, but it seems like a good idea to use solar with them.