Who here uses solar or wind power?

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  1. montanachad macrumors regular

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    I use solar in the backwoods of Montana. Anybody else here harvest the sun or wind?
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Nope, but I got a buddy who just landed a job making big $$$ (well decent at least) layin' concrete bases for wind silos in Kansas... :)
     
  3. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I'm not yet, but when I move out and build a house it'll likely use both solar and wind generators (it's either one of the other where I live!). My cousins in Bavaria have them and their awesomeness makes me want them too.
     
  4. djellison macrumors 68020

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    I wish I could do both - but they are really, painfully, prohibatively expensive to buy and have installed here in the UK. That, plus the hoops you have to jump through to get planning permission.

    What I AM thinking of doing is a low voltage garden lighting system using a small PV arrary and a 12v battery however.

    Doug
     
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I hope to soon. In fact, I just posted a thread about going solar - was hoping for any insight into whether Citizenre was legitimate
     
  6. sammyootsi macrumors newbie

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    Working on it last night

    Funny you would mention this, my dad and I were working on this just last night. Looks like a pretty efficient way to build up some juice to charge miscellaneous things lying around the house.
     
  7. iShater macrumors 604

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    I spent quite sometime looking at what solution I can use at my home in IL. What I found out is that I can't basically afford it. Up here we get an average of 4 hours or so of direct sunlight, and basically I think I needed at least 40 sq ft of solar panels on the house or something like that. A cost of close to $20k, and expiring tax credits on both federal and state level. So since I couldn't afford it, I couldn't consider it.

    I did look at smaller options for say recharging my iPod, batteries, phone, etc. But none seemed to really be ideal for a home user, they were mostly targeted at out-door activities where there is no access to AC power.

    Yes, I am bummed out. Big time. :(
     
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Citizenre is hoping to change this.
     
  9. j26 macrumors 65832

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    I'm looking into solar water heating at the moment. It's probably the most cost efficient solar solution at present.
     
  10. iShater macrumors 604

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    That is in use worldwide. It boggles my mind that we don't have it as prevalent in the states! :eek:

    Edit: Please do share any information you find and your experience with it. Thank you. :D
     
  11. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    don't have it, but would seriously consider it if we built a new house.

    why humans haven't used the sun and let those rays go to waste is beyond me.

    imho, govts should figure out a way to git 'er done on a massive scale.

    Cheers,
    keebler
     
  12. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I personally do not but a few homes in my town have solar panels on their roofs.
     
  13. iShater macrumors 604

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    You are in IL right? do they have any signs that say who they used?
     
  14. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I'm sure they did when they were first installed (a picket sign in their front yard to advertise or something) but I don't see any signs now.
     

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