Solar energy alternatives,
During research the last few weeks I have found some interesting things about solar energy I did not know, so thought I would share.
1. To install a solar energy alternative in our own home to provide enough electric to run our home and sell a little back to the Utility would cost about $75,000 investment ( Ouch ).
2. The grants seem to be very dependent on each state and range from $2,000 to $30,000 depending on your state, but if you run a business for example a horse stables can be much better grants.
3. Most of the cost can be offset against tax but it seems a very very complicated process.
4. New companies ( like a modern day utility company )are springing up that install all the equipment and then lease it back to you for less than your current electric bill.
5. Some of the technology is so cool including one company that makes roof tiles so that each tile is a solar panel turning your roof into a giant solar energy producer.
6. You do not have to start with the full monty you could just get a system to heat your water or provide power to an outbuilding and add additional capacity as you go along.
7. It is much much much cheaper to install a grid connected system than a fully independent system ( our $70,000 was for a grid connected system )
I thought I would share with our fellow bloggers who might find some of this interesting even though not horse related. This is the page I was researching for, Solar Energy Information it also includes some of the companies who sell and lease Solar Energy Systems for those who might be interested