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12.29.2007

Solar Now, Not Later

"there is no iPod of solar"

I love this quote from Good Clean Tech's article on practical solar and 12 things you should know about home solar. I think a lot of us are guilty of this mind set, that if we just wait "a little longer" there will be a newer, cooler, smaller, more efficient, less costly type of solar panels for our houses and businesses. As the article points out, today's products will have a typical life of 25 years and the sooner we go solar, the sooner we'll start reducing our utility bill and carbon footprint. And, yes, in 25 years, the technology will have changed more dramatically than we can imagine.

Although most of the points are pretty much common sense (solar panels should be facing south and it's shade, not clouds that are the enemy of solar), it's a good read for starters.

For more detail, take a look at the recently updated Some Observations on Photovoltaic Cells by Oliver Seely

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