Progress to pilot solar program

Progress to pilot solar program

There are 3 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 26, 2009, titled Progress to pilot solar program. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

ASHEVILLE Progress Energy will help 50 Western North Carolina homeowners install solar hot water heating in a pilot program aimed at saving energy.

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Since: Oct 08

Candler, NC

#1 Apr 27, 2009
I hope the program proves worthwhile. My neighbors had a four solar panel system installed and it serves as a back up system when the power goes out. The cost is still way up there for most folks.

Ward, AL

#2 Apr 27, 2009
The avoided costs of new power plant construction are why Progress and Duke are willing to make these investments in their customers energy efficiency. It is simply cheaper and faster for them to do so.

It is "apples and oranges" to say that "cost is still way up there for most folks." The cost for building a comparable share of a central power station is very, very high.

We must compare the cost of efficiency improvements and renewable energy for an individual household or business, vs. the capital cost of building and operating a nuclear, or large coal plant, to provide the same capacity.

We should compare the costs on the same type of amortization, and then do the cheapest things first. The jobs created in our own communities that result will be considered gravy.
Ford of Fort Pickett

Norfolk, VA

#3 Dec 1, 2010
So how would you people of North Carolina like to see Fort Pickett near Blackstone, VA become an outlying landing field for the U.S. Navy jets stationed at Fentress Field in Chesapeake, VA and Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA!?

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