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aservant

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:24:32 AM

U.S. capacity to generate solar energy has tripled since 2010 and increased tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environment America.

The report said Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico and California lead the country when it comes to the amount of electricity being generated from the sun’s energy. Colorado ranks eighth on the list, below Delaware and above Vermont. Although those are some of the country’s sunniest states, the report says it’s the political commitment that makes the most impact: Lawmakers in those states have passed solar-friendly laws and regulations.
“The sun shines on every state to varying degrees. But there’s plenty of the sun’s energy to tap everywhere,” study co-author Rob Sargent said. “And what this report
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 12:21:57 PM

The problem with solar is still night.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:56:48 PM


Good news! More solar power means less oil being burned.
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Rayfuel
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:13:20 PM

Ok!
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lisenclose
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 11:54:55 AM

What a mess

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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 11:01:03 AM

We still have a long way to go, but the more solar we have, the less the costs.
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markcayer
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 10:57:22 AM

Couldn't post the editorial cartoon but the gist is ...

Hello we are big oil.
You want Coal?? We own the mines.
You want Oil and Gas?? We own the wells.
You want Nuclear Power?? We own the uranium.
You want Solar Power?? We own the ... err .. umm
Never mind Solar Power isn't feasible!!

[Edited by: markcayer at 7/28/2013 10:57:40 AM EST]
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WestDriver
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 10:41:02 AM

Even with a 1000% increase, it's less than 1% of the total production. And a lot of places just can't use solar efficiently. I'd like to hear what the optimum solar would be with current production costs. And the cost of electricity with each per cent increase of electrical production coming from solar. I just looked at my electric bill and there's a surcharge on electricity coming from "renewable" resources. That would include wind, but it does raise prices.
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markcayer
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 9:01:54 AM

Excellent news. I wanted to install solar but was told in my particular situation (townhouse with centrally located meters) that is was not possible to get involved.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:55:52 AM

EXCELLENT!!!

Please join me by buying solar Pv or check my GB page for much info on solar Pv from MY personal experience..

not some foosil fools ignorance!!

[Edited by: Joeski1 at 7/28/2013 8:56:29 AM EST]
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:45:17 AM

Sunsational!

Let the sunshine in, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

The future so bright, gotta wear shades.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:38:12 AM

solar can be a part of the national energy plan
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Ltdc
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:21:11 AM

When you didn't have much to begin with it isn't difficult to increase by 10.
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Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:01:42 AM

10 x .2 = 1
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gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:55:30 AM

Ten times a very low number is easy to achieve.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:42:18 AM

just another reason on national debt is approaching 18 trillion dollars
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:27:32 AM

Hopefully, it will replace coal.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:26:37 AM

New Jersey?
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molebaby96
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:11:56 AM

It's crossed my mine to use the sun's energy more
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JerryJoeUC
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:36:36 AM

Hope it continues to increase.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:25:46 AM

Is it cost efficient and can it be done on a large scale to provide energy for entire cities?

If it becomes cheaper than conventional electricity it will explode into the market and gain huge market share of consumers.
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FocusST2
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:13:24 AM

Not hard to do since in 2007 there were virtually none in the US. The true question is how many are truly producing and how are they financially?
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:04:33 AM

A lot more states can jump on this bandwagon, if they really want to...
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:57:16 AM

Should be taken advantage of by more.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:35:43 AM

Very good! Need to do more.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:28:36 AM

Excellent
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:10:59 AM

And it's still a drop in the bucket.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 4:55:39 AM

big whoop, the same difference as selling 10 times as many ev's means to the economy.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 4:35:25 AM

great
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:54:53 AM

To bad it has a slow return here.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:52:18 AM

Keep it going!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:50:21 AM

Interesting article.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:48:21 AM

Waiting for the unintended consequences.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:46:04 AM

A GOOD start
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:23:45 AM

At what cost per kilowatt?
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blindmanTX
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:21:29 AM

still need more solar
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:00:39 AM

Good!!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:27:18 AM

Thanks for posting this GOOD NEWS, aservant.
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