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I think if you ask the general public who the average "do it yourself solar energy enthusiast" is they would say he or she is someone who is trying to save some money. And sure, that's true for a lot of us. Including me!
But that is just part of what motivates most of us, I think most of our members are motivated by what I call "fear of being plunged into darkness". And no matter how small your system is you will avoid that when Mr. Big Grid decides it's your "brown out day" for what ever reason.
So why do I ask "are you sure you want the economy to get better" is the fact that Mr. Grid can barely maintain what we are using now better yet the additional strain of a better economy and adding electric cars into the mix. My favorite step daughter lives in L.A. and every time she hears the work electric car she goes through the roof. "Keep your electric car out of my city" she blurts out. And this is a non political person that could care less about energy issues. She just knows first hand what "brown outs" mean to her little corner of the world.
So do I advocate solar energy? I advocate every possible form of energy we can get our hands on, time to wake up and realize that countries like China are moving around the planet scarfing up the rights to energy at every corner of the world. And it's uranium and coal and mining rights to have the materials to build solar. While we sit back catering to the environmentalist groups that keep us from even maintaining existing sources of water and energy that have deals of any kind with the federal government.
And you might be surprised who our allies are. As some of you know I am a commodities trader for my "day job" and I will tell you that my peers, mostly oil and gas traders, the evil enemy LOL are the ones with the money on the sidelines and the understanding that we need it all and are willing to invest in our energy future if the government would just get out of the way. These are guys and gals that understand the numbers and our future. And the one fact that these same people understand so much more then the average American is....Energy = food. The largest cost input for food is energy. And that energy is mostly crude oil at this point, but energy of all types.
How ironic that most people would think that oil industry people could care less about solar power, maybe even be anti solar. Yet everyone of these folks I know are spending a fortune on solar energy at their own homes. Think they know something?
One thing is for sure. The result of that better economy that we all dream of will be sky rocketing oil prices. Your worried about having gas in your car and the price of that gas. Think food. Time to mount that solar and plants them seeds. And stop talking about "return on investment".