Time For Solar
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My Father called me from Springfield around 10pm Sunday night to tell me that all hell had broken loose. He had heard a storm was coming, went to the store to get some last minute supplies and boom, power goes out in the store. Of course today's techno saavy people cannot add or substract without a computer, so he couldn't get anything. He was on the way home when gusts of wind almost blew his full-sized van off the highway. My Father is an Electrical Contractor and for years we have debated the pros and cons of outfitting one or both of our homes with solar and/or wind power as a back-up. At the time of our discussions, it wasn't feasible cost-wise...to him. Sitting in his home, in the dark, during a heat wave has a way of changing a peron's perspective on things. I have heard that solar isn't feasible in the south, which is mind boggling to me, but having witnessed and spoken with someone that has both solar and wind, I may be a convert. Just for the opportunity to kiss GA Power goodbye it would be worth the initial start-up money. I am seriously considering it.

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Iknowyou commented on Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 15:38 PM

lholmes, keep us posted on what you decide to do if any. I was watching wtoc last week and it showed Pat Prokops house where he had solar panels on the roof and he was bragging about how low his power bill was.

I will never complain about my Georgia Power bill again. My power came back on last night around 9 pm and you would have thought I hit the lottery.

Jasonwade74 commented on Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 21:21 PM

Does it baffle anyone other then me why GA power doubles its rates during the hot summer months and the cold winter months?

When I inquired about this at the local GA power office I was advised that it was the summer rate! WE have a monopoly for power. GA Power or no one... and if you live out in the county its got to be even worse, cause Canochee and EMC buy from GA Power and they add there own profit to it..

WhatsHotLips commented on Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 23:58 PM

I would have to figure if the investment (cost) of adding enough solar panels would pay for itself in my lifetime... I haven't looked into the cost in a few years. Do you have an idea of what it runs for an average size house, say 1500 square foot? I think you would at least have to cover half the roof in order for it to payoff... Just a wag, but I'm thinking $30,000 to $40,000?...

Anyway, as for the power outages and just the idea of living on the coast (storms), a generator comes in handy from time to time...

WhatsHotLips commented on Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 20:25 PM

Hey Murr... Thanks...

I looked into the tax breaks awhile back. The amount is so small compared to what is spent, it isn't worth counting as helping offset the cost...

lholmes commented on Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 20:44 PM

I know that there was one. Whether or not it is still in affect, I don't know. Tax break or not, when I get ready to do it, they are going up. Although they have been happening less than a few years ago, power outtages still happen. I like having options.

WhatsHotLips commented on Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 20:17 PM

I saw a news report about a methane powered milk farm in California...

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