Rick Murphy, general manager of Grandview Tire and Auto in Edina, Minn., which installed solar panels on its roof.

With solar becoming affordable, maybe it is time for you to start thinking about solar panels on your home, eh???…..Or time for me, perhaps, to start building that remote cabin in the middle of Alaska??? (After all, what more could a guy ask for than to be in the middle of the wild and still be able to Facebook?)

From the article:

The average price of a solar panel has declined an estimated 60 percent since the beginning of 2011, and this year the total photovoltaic capacity in the United States is projected to reach 10 gigawatts, the energy equivalent of several nuclear power plants. (By one estimate, photovoltaic costs crossed over to become cheaper than electricity generated by new nuclear plants about four years ago.)

An analysis of remodeling and construction permit data from 77 municipalities around the United States reveals that solar installations — primarily photovoltaic rather than solar thermal — grew by a third last year alone. With a relatively short payback period, these home-improvement investments are now within the reach of many middle-class families….

Also, I didn’t realize this, but Google and other tech companies are investing in solar:

Plenty of smart money has been moving into large-scale renewable energy projects, with significant investments by Google, Apple and Microsoft. Google is planning six new solar power plants in California and Arizona.

The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics – NYTimes.com.

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