“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, June 17, 2011

Got about $70/month for energy bills? There is now no excuse not to have solar

Google just teamed up with Solar City to provide $280 million worth of solar to residential areas. I'm not sure how it will work but surely they will buy into Solar City's leasing plan, which will create economies of scale.

At present I pay $90 per month to lease 16 solar panels, which provide 20kwh of electricity, enough for a family of four on most days.

It's identical to paying for coal plant energy, cost wise, but:
1) You have a regular bill every month, and the predictability is good
2) You are doing something for others at the same time

I imagine that the Google partnership will bring these costs down to the point where one is actually a little bit up on the deal instead of even, as I am. Like I say, I'm happy to be even, since it's of benefit to others.

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