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Posted by Rick F on April 8, 2009, 10:35 pm
 
wrote:


Los Angeles...

Posted by Eeyore on April 10, 2009, 10:17 am
 


Rick F wrote:


Rather more favourable to PV than Northern Europe ! Even so, at current
panel costs, even in the most favourable locations in the US it needs
'subsidies' ( i.e. taxes other people have paid ) to make it even
remotely economic.

Have you looked at solar thermal ? Spain's going big on this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_thermal_energy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS10_solar_power_tower

Graham



Posted by Rick F on April 11, 2009, 5:45 am
 wrote:

You're correct.. IF there were no subsidies then we would not have
installed
the panels--the federal govt subsidies come in the form of a 1-time
tax reduction
of <$k (if I recall).. However, the state of California (under
Arnie's care) has a
nice incentive and we got somewhere between $5-20K off the price
which
make it worth it.. Otherwise our system would have been a bit over
$0k
which we couldn't have afforded at the time (and certainly not now!)


r_power_tower

Haven't seen that but will checkout your links. Thx!

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