Solar plant ready to heat up

Solar plant ready to heat up

There are 2 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Nov 15, 2010, titled Solar plant ready to heat up. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

On land poisoned by toxins from a long-gone manufacturing era, more than 6,500 solar panels face the south sky, capturing the sunlight of a late autumn day in the Berkshire Mountains.

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Bodhisatta

Lowell, MA

#1 Nov 15, 2010
Awesome!!! Can't wait to see and hear
more great news such as these. Green
technologies such as these needs to be fostered by the government for a little while till it does meet parity with common sources of energy. If Solar received the same subsidies as the petroleum industry it could move the costs down at an even faster rate. what most people don't understand is that solar is a major job creator because it continues to improve on its pass successes. In the 70's its was like
$100/watt. in the 90's it was around $10
per watt and recently installed systems
costs are in the range of $5-7 per watt.
Solar module costs have come down as
low as $2/watt. The additional costs associated with installation and accessories add the other $3-5/watt.
The costs is going in the right direction so I hope we as a country have the
foresight to maintain the support for solar and other renewables as they are our future. Countries like China and the EU have thrown tons of support not
with just lip service but meaningful financial support to foster the industry
and inevitably create a sustainable
green industry. Now, much of the solar
products we are buying come from
China and EU. But, there's still time to catch up. Solar was created in the US,
lets try to keep it here and creating jobs. Support Solar!
Nostradamus

Chelmsford, MA

#2 Nov 16, 2010
Be aware that Massachusetts now offers huge rebates on the cost of installing home solar. For systems that are at least 1 kW, the state rebates either $5,500 (if your home is assessed at more than the median for your county) or $10,500 (if your home is assessed at less than the median). The median for Middlesex County is $400,000. There are also state and Federal tax deductions for installing PV solar. Payoff periods are in the range of 7 years; after that, the power produced by your system is free.
http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm...

You can also lock in your electric rate at a low level by lease-to-own plans. You pay the company a fixed rate per kilowatt for a number of years. At the end of that period, you own the system, and all its power is free.
http://www.nuwattenergy.com/
http://www.dcsenergy.com/residential-solar-en...
Also SunRun, etc.

Home PV solar systems are more affordable now than they ever have been. Be a patriot and reduce our reliance on foreign oil and gas, and save yourself money in the future.

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