our 5 year old house was built passive and active solar
. we have 40, fifty watt panels for 2kw of output. we sell the juice for .18 a kwh to NC greenpowerand also have a battery
backup system. we generate about 25% of our needs, but sell all since it is better economically to do so. In fact, we have it all setup as a business for tax reasons. If I could replace the panels and generate more than we use, that would be something.
[QUOTE=schoonerdog;120114]I think that's the beauty of this though, people can go directly to the company and buy solar
panels and generate their own electricity and have the economics which have been driving prices high work to their favor instead of against them. In the US almost all states have reverse metering laws, which allow the consumer to buy solar panels and use them to offset their energy bills by either selling their energy to the energy company at line rates or having it serve as a credit on their energy bill. For states (and countries) where people can sell their energy to the company and have very high prices, people basically can then become their own substation, producing power at a profit. I've heard of some people who do that as their sole means of income
now in Germany
Regarding the boat, they sell two products, the large panels, and then flexible film which can be cut to size which is just begging to be put into clear panels in decks, used as biminis, mainsail