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    Inexpensive solar panels?

    They advertise at $1.74 a watt. Is that a good price? Thoughts? Thanks!

    http://sunelec.com/

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    Re: Inexpensive solar panels?

    I haven't gone looking in better than a year, but $4 a watt & lower was a good deal then.

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    Re: Inexpensive solar panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuatha De Danann
    They advertise at $1.74 a watt. Is that a good price? Thoughts? Thanks!

    http://sunelec.com/
    Good price?? Hmmmmm!!

    What does it take to power a home? Usually a 200 Amp service. But, that doesn't mean the entire 200 are used. I've got to get my calc and figure out how many watts in an amp X $1.74 = LOTTSA MONEY!!!

    A hair blower is 1,500 watts.

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    Re: Inexpensive solar panels?

    with the efficiency of solar panels today, they are just too pricey... even with gov incentives, the final cost is going to take decades to recover. the only way they will become financially cost effective is if energy prices go exponential and they allow you to sell excess back to the grid.

    i think eventually the tech will go towards an organic based 'panel' that utilizes bacteria or photosynthesis to create energy rather than the current photovoltaic tech

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    Re: Inexpensive solar panels?

    I see the development down the road throwing these things up all over. The only thing I can think of is that this is a gimmick to charge the home owners more for power, while the builder gets HUGE tax incentives...

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    Re: Inexpensive solar panels?

    from what i've seen... its ALWAYS about money (and/or power). with solar, its a way to bilk people into investing into the technology, subsidized by everyone else via taxdollars/inflation of the currency. put them up everywhere, builders benefit, business benefits and politicians benefit by supporting "Green Agendas" and "creating jobs"

    then 10 yrs down the road once that market is saturated, the next evolution of the technology will come out OR something as an alternative that dominates them in efficiency thus creating another cycle of the same old thing.

    right now we're sitting on an abundance of coal/natural gas but our gov doesn't want us using that. instead we need to invest in 'green' tech and reduce carbon b/c thats whats killing the earth

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    Solar panels are something that have and will continue to be more and more efficient (and cheap) as time goes by. The problem is, if you are always waiting for the next more efficient model, you will never ever buy a single solar panel since there is always a new one about to be released.

    It's about personal preference, if I end up living in an area where I use a lot of electricity during the day (air conditioning for example) then I'd certainly take a good look at having a part of my electricity being supplied by solar panels.

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    If you are going to make the investment it's worth spending more now. Having a small array is usually quite inefficient, especially given the installation costs. For boats etc it's not worth having a massive array, but if you can afford it now you should.

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    Just bought another 3000 watts for 45cents a watt. That includes shipping of $400. My system is now up to my inverters max of 8 kw. Solar panels are very inexpensive compared to what they have been.

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    Out of curiosity, what can you run with that system? What sort of limitations on draw and appliances in general? Thanks.

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