I have read good things for the swimming pool industry and I have heard for the military the reliability is nil.
The swimming pool industry combines solar with gas for the best possible solution.
If technology can perfect this, if the aesthetics are maintained, there could be great growth. It must first become standard for the swimming pool industry and it is not there yet - use that as your gauge.
In Texas, we have a solar panel field that will power 90,000 homes. Our friends bought a place out around our area and they run their entire home on solar panels and a backup generator for emergencies. That was 20+ years ago. We are looking into going solar on our water well and our gate.
Has anyone really built a solar panel before - how easy or how difficult it was doing so? I always thought it's easier to just buy it but perhaps it's costly and you can save a lot of money just doing it yourself.