I have always loved the idea of having solar panels smiling up at the sun while absorbing its awesome power to help generate at least some of the electricity in my home. I’ve definitely become addicted to electricity and while it has the capacity to save lives and give immeasurable comfort and ease, it (or the excessive use of it) is one of the primary reasons we are experiencing such environmental trauma.
I don’t think like an engineer – AT ALL – and need books like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for Your Home. Every time we’ve considered how we would incorporate solar energy into our home energy system, we get bogged down with what is or isn’t available for Federal and State incentives, rebates, grants, loans, exemptions, etc. Wayne gets the whole kilowatt thing and how it all operates (he’s an electrical engineer!), so I don’t even bother my pretty little head about the functionality of it all. phew.
In my attempt to do a tiny bit of research for this interview, I was glad to see there does seem to be a number of programs available from the Feds and various states, including my own New Jersey, which has had some significant incentives in the past. Here’s some reasonably updated, comprehensive and consolidated information I found on current Federal and State incentives for solar home and renewable energy for home and business.
We’ll be interviewing David Hughes, one of the author’s of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for Your Home tonight – if you have thought about it, want to consider it, are confused about any aspect of it, don’t miss the show tonight!
David Hughes is the president of the Affordable Solar Group and has a degree in renewable energy. He is also a certified energy auditor and has been in the energy biz for 20 years. According to his bio, he started Affordable Solar Group in the back of an Airstream trailer – now it is one of the fastest growing companies in New Mexico. (remind me to ask him about the Airstream thing)
You can send us any questions in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org IM us during the show (and for those who are friends on FaceBook, you can get in touch during the show that way).
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
7 – 8pm EST