Are solar panels & wind technology affordable for the average homeowner?
Meh, it seems like the average homeowner is in foreclosure, so I doubt it....
The answer is actually YES. You can make quality solar panels yourself for less than $200. And it's actually not that difficult to build one.
Yes, in some ways. If you will consider making your own solar panels (DIY solar panels), it is much cheaper and you can also ask in your location if certain incentives are offered like rebates and tax credits. With these two options, it will be possible to own one.
Not that I have seen but they are getting cheaper. Maybe soon we can all afford to use them.
Installing residential solar panels to generate electricity seems like an expensive affair initially.However, this is a one-time investment that can give good returns in long term. You can save on those huge electricity bills every month.
You can also trying making solar panels on your own to reduce the initial installation cost by manifolds.
Solar and wind technologies are very rapidly approaching affordability, especially with fed and state incentives. It really depends upon where you live. Hawaii is at grid parity now (April 2011), California is excellent... New Jersey oddly enough, but that is more for commercial scale installations, Louisiana has excellent rebates, where your final costs can be reduced by up to 50% through rebates alone.
Be careful of DIY projects, not necessarily bad, but they do have severe limitations. 1) they are not UL approved, so you cannot legally tie them into the grid 2) they do not qualify for rebates.
I wrote a hub on this exact topic a couple days ago...
http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Pros-and-Co … lar-Panels
Now technology is powerful and solar panel and wind technology being cheaper so many home owners can buy it.But before use this technology you have to need some training .So visit - http://www.utnrenewables.co.uk/
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