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Tue Aug 11, 2015, 01:11 PM

 

Decentralized green energy

I favor increasing rebates and tax incentives for the home owner to install rooftop solar/PV and stay away from pouring huge tax dollars into more centralized power production.

Decentralized energy is better for the economy, it spreads the wealth, better for the environment, creates far more good paying jobs than centralized power, and liberates the people from their ever increasing energy bills.

What's stopping this?
The special interests in the privatized energy sector?

On edit: When I say "stopping" for instance the California rebate is no longer and frankly the subsidies could be a lot more in my opinion.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 01:26 PM

1. I favor not doing things that require fossil fuels.

 

Lower levels of energy-driven human activity are better for the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere.

What's stopping this?
Human nature?

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 02:20 PM

2. Crossing fingers

Just finished the foundation and had the floor poured yesterday as framing gets started today on what I hope to be my green home.
Will have solar hot water heat and solar heated concrete slab along with a water reclaimation system. My PV is still a small system that I will increase as I can afford it, I hope to get to at least a 2 to 3KW PV going as I add to the 1/2 KW with 1,000 AH battery solar generator system I have at my current place. The solar added about 12% to the homes total construction costs which included massive insulation addition to keep the home at a constant temperature along with a fire protection system. . At just over 6,000 feet and 25 miles from the foothills of the southern colorado rockies the winters range from mild to bone chilling 10-20 below, but plenty of sun for the solar systems.

Only real gripe is the fallback systems needed in case of prolonged cloudy/inadequate solar availability. It rankles me to have backup water heat and HVAC, but hopefully these electric sucking fallbacks are rarely if ever needed and can eventually be solar PV instead of grid powered.

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Response to DustyJoe (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 06:04 PM

3. Good to hear

 

That is my dream.

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