Solar Power for the Rest of Us


Green technologies are often accused of being too expensive to be adapted on a wide scale. Who can blame the perpetrators of this thought when the most public users of clean technologies like solar power are personalities like Al Gore and Hollywoodites who often spend tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars on solar power homes to reap few hundreds of dollars of benefits. The last I heard Al Gore’s electricity bill was more $30,000 per year. He rides around in a Gulfstream jet which costs and burns as much fuel as Boeing 737. The difference is that the 737 carries 130 passengers, while Al Gore the environmentalist’s Gulfstream carries him and up to another 8 friends/family.

Well weep no more folks, there is a way for us hoi polloi to access Solar Power Homes. The trick like in most cases is to do yourself a certain part of your solar power home project and leave only the really complicated and technical parts to expensive contractors.

I came across this practical article on Solar Power Homes which talks how by purchasing the necessary components through internet or at local hardware stores you can get your own solar panel system constructed for $200 or less.

With the commoditizing and dramatically reduced costs of solar power hardware, along with a plethora of DIY guides/books available on the internet and elsewhere, the clean and green movement is no longer just for the hippies and the elites, but has truly become a mainstream lifestyle option with real practical benefits.

The same article also contains a link to various DIY books and guides along with their reviews. I personally can’t speak for any of them since I haven’t read any of them yet, but it does seem like a good place to start your research when planning for Solar Power Homes.