Smart & Clean Energy and Ground Transportation

Solar Power

Solar Energy Panels in the Home

Solar energy seems like the ideal clean energy technology. It fits conveniently and unobtrusively on your roof, it produces most of its power during peak times, and it doesn’t require maintenance. This is in stark contrast to other technologies like Wind which is not good for the home because it requires about 30 feet elevation above the trees, it produces most of its power off-peak, and it requires maintenance. But as with most desirable things, the question is how much does Solar Power cost relative to alternatives. There are some consumers, for example movie stars, who will pay a premium for clean solar energy, but the vast majority of the market will not. So let’s look at the numbers. (more…)