Your Questions About Solar Panels For Your Home

Jenny asks…

question about gas prices etc.?

the basics:
random guy 1: “we have oil here in the u.s. but we can't use it b/c doing so will cause damage the environment!” (this is true)

random guy 2: “But it's our oil. we should use that and not be so dependant on foreign oil!”

Fact : Petroleum wount last forever, it takes millions of years for it to form inside of the earth. All the petroleum we have now, both here and in other countries will not last another 100 years, we basically used most of it up already. so…. no one will win

my question here is: are any of you giving alternative sources of energy a try? just common sense you know. if you can't have it one way or the other, why not find something that will work. have any of you driven a hybrid yet? how about solar panels in your homes? ever heard of public transportation, anything?

i guess i ask this b/c i am tired of hearing random guy1 and 2 arguing about the same topic over and over again. humans are a creature of habit. change your habits, duh! rant!

ssadmin answers:

What you rarely hear about is that the oil still left in the ground is not going to be as cheap to harvest. The days of drilling a relatively shallow well and the crude oil come gushing out are over.

Much of the oil that's left is locked in shale and has to be forced to the surface with steam. That oil won't cost anywhere near $100 per barrel.

Other sources are in hard to operate locales like in deep ocean waters or in the desolate areas of the arctic.

Fossil fuels that are cheap enough for the average person to afford will soon be a thing of the past. When gasoline is selling for $7 or $8 per gallon, entrepreneurs will provide us with numerous methods of alternative energy because it will be profitable. Some methods already are at today's fuel prices.

We'll switch to solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, etc. Because we will have no choice.

Mandy asks…

tired of high gas prices?

random guy 1: “we have oil here in the u.s. but we can't use it b/c doing so will cause damage the environment!”
http://arctic.fws.gov/issues1.htm…

random guy 2: “But it's our oil. we should use that and not be so dependant on foreign oil!”

Fact : Petroleum wount last forever, it takes millions of years for it to form inside of the earth. All the petroleum we have now, both here and in other countries will not last another 100 years, we basically used most of it up already. so…. no one will win

so my question here is: are any of you giving alternative sources of energy a try? just common sense you know. if you can't have it one way or the other, why not find something that will work. have any of you driven a hybrid yet? how about solar panels in your homes? ever heard of public transportation, anything?

i guess i ask this b/c i am tired of hearing random guy1 and 2 arguing about the same topic over and over again. rant
humans are a creature of habit, change your habits, abc, 123 duh duh duh!

ssadmin answers:

It's simple, change over to electric or e-8.

Donald asks…

What would you think of a law that required all new buildings to have alternative engery sources built -in?

Not to replace our current way of getting electricity, but to augment it.

Would it be so bad to have a few solar panels on the roof of your new home or running down the side of your new apartment or office building? What about wind turbines on top of sky scrappers.

I would be all for a law like that. I'm sure it would reduce pollution, energy prices, and the big reward, our dependence on foriegn energy.
(not saying we would be free from foriegn oil, but could it be a start?)
Thats great that they are doing it in Florida. But here in New Jersey, there seems to be a new house or a complete makeover on every other block, yet now solar panels……I just can't think of a reason why you wouldn't want them.
http://www.openenergycorp.com/

they say it isn't cost prohibitive. There are actually a couple of companies that put solar panels on older homes, its not that expensive. You get a massive tax break, and in spring and fall months you tend to get to “sell” back some energy to PSEG and the likes.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/solar/cfm/faqs/third_level.cfm/name=Photovoltaics/cat=Applications

a good site about solar energy and intergration.
sarge – why is it called oil heat and gas heat if it has nothing to do with oil?

ssadmin answers:

I think the concept is great. However you are going to run into problems if you make it mandatory though because some people can't afford the cost to upgrade to alternative energy. But I do believe that business factories etc, should incorporate these alternatives in their plants as they are the ones that do cause the most pollution and use lots of energy.

Mark asks…

What is the cost to install solar panels?

I want to install five photovoltaic 200 watt solar panels on the roof of a home in Texas. It is a grid tie system and all the equipment has been purchased already. I received two quotes from solar installation companies and they both want about $20,000 just to connect the wires. Is that normal? Can I just hire a licensed electrician to do the job? Thank you for your reply.
Everything has been paid for already roof mounts, wire, inverters, panels….. everything. I just need someone to do the final connections to the grid. For that the solar installation companies want $20,000. Is there anyway I can get this done cheaper? Thanks.
I don't think its a waste of money getting photovoltaic panels. My electricity use is 2000 kwh per month at $0.15 per Kwh. So I pay $3600 per year for electricity.

ssadmin answers:

I don't know about Texas, but in California, doing a self-install does not invalidate the rebate. And it certainly does not invalidate the Federal Tax Credit on form 5695 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/f5695–dft.pdf . Take a look at the form and instructions. I got both rebates installing myself. Florida requires professional installation for their rebate, I think.

You must still be compliant with your local building codes. What you could do is hire a roofer to put up the standoffs and panels, then later, an electrician to hook it up to your service panel. The electrician can run conduit as needed. Or you could do the physical job of putting up the panels, yourself, then call the electrician to hook it up. Just be sure to get all the necessary permits and inspections.

$20k is way too much for just installation. That should buy a 3 kW system, parts included, installed.

If you want to see roughly what's involved so that you can direct a roofer, you can see a video here: http://www.archive.org/details/DIY_self_installed_solar_photovoltaic_panels

Sandra asks…

Are you proud of Al Gore for putting solar panels on his house?

Mr. Gore's house uses 20 times (at least) what the average home uses, so he says he's installing solar panels. So let's look at that. Using energy creates pollution, right? Isn't that the goal, use less energy? So we install solar (photovoltaic) panels.

But…it takes more kilowatt-hours of electricity to produce a solar panel than they will return in energy output in their lifetime, so you waste energy every time you buy one.
Hell, don't believe me, research it yourself.

Solar panels are great where there is no other power available, but putting them on a house that can buy electricity for 8 cents per hwh is just stupid, and is done to convince the ignorant that we are doing “our part” to solve the “problem”, when actually the problem is made worse.

Be a Democrat if you want. But be an informed Democrat, and put your huckster spokesman in line.

ssadmin answers:

His whole argument on global warming is a joke. As soon as they included buying carbon credits to offset energy use, I knew it was a fraud. We all want to be energy independent, that is what we should be working on, not making up ways to collect money. Alternative energy and reducing pollution is a good cause, but don't use fear and control to get your way.

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