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  1. #1 'Big Solar' Struggles To Find Home In California 
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    A battle over where to build big clean-energy projects is putting the green revolution in gridlock.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...f=1002&sc=igg2


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    Similar issue in San Luis Valley in Colorado, only there it's a billionaire ranch owner who doesn't want power transmission lines on his property. He's being supported by some enviromental groups.

    We have to decide priorities between preserving nice views and reducing greenhouse emissions. The argument about endangered animal species seems far fetched. The ground can be reseeded with native grasses after construction is complete and the habitat restored, or returned to a more natural state than when it was used for ranching. The egg lady's belief that the land would be turned into a dust bowl is alarmism.


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    Small solar appears to be helping overall.

    http://www.findsolar.com/Content/Cal...arHistory.aspx
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    I notice that the average residential system is around 4 kW capacity. I recently got a quote for my house, and the capacity estimate is only 1.75kW. This low figure is due to a large elm tree that prevents full utilization of our roof. We could cut down the tree - but lose the shade that helps keep the house cool. It's a dilemma.
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    Bunbury, I'd be interested to hear what you found out when you looked into home solar power - i.e, the economics of it, what the incentives are in your state to install it, etc.
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    I've been discussing/negotiating with a firm called Sungevity based in California but expanding to other states. They don't manufacture the equipment; they say they are "supplier neutral" which troubles me somewhat. I would want the best technology not the low dollar technology. The novelty they bring to the table is that they will lease a system with no up front cost and a low monthly payment. The upside is you can upgrade (they say) when technology changes. The downside is if I decide to sell the house and move I'm responsible for buying out the remainder of the lease or convincing the buyer to pay a premium on the house price.

    I don't have a detailed cost/benefit analysis yet, mainly because I've been too busy (lazy) to get a year's worth of electric bills together. With the big tree in the back yard I don't really think it's going to work out for us, but I'll be happy to update the info as things progress, if they do.
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    Harold, my house won't be going solar anytime soon. Having reviewed the past 12 months kWh consumption with Sungevity my household is only a "moderate" user and the big tree makes it impossible to make the system pay. As for incentives, they are calulated based on the size, orientation and thus effectiveness of the proposed system and mine simply wouldn't qualify.

    The Sungevity guy did say if the tree gets struck by lightning to call them back.
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