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Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity

Wall Street Journal -- When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope — hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops — became symbols of frustration.

Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home “off the grid,” most of those systems are actually part of it, sending excess power to the utility grid during the day and pulling electricity back to run the house at night. So when the storm took down power lines and substations across the Northeast, safety systems cut the power in solar homes just like everywhere else.

“Here’s a $70,000 system sitting idle,” said Ed Antonio, who lives in the Rockaways in Queens and has watched his 42 panels as well as those on several other houses in


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:27:36 AM

solar is definitely a way to reduce wasted energy use. And it might even help after natural disasters. Just need to figure out how to power after the link to the power companies has been cut.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 3:16:47 PM

There needs to be a off grid switch installed with the solar panels.
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sjf238
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 3:05:02 PM

OK.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 5:02:33 AM

Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity but when the electrical grid goes down, so does the solar panel system supply. When installing a solar panel system make sure the option of powering the house separately, with dedicated outlets, from the solar panel system is installed too. For those that have an EV, they can power their house, with limitations, from the vehicle battery. Install wind turbines on the house roof to capture wind electrical energy when the wind is blowing too.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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jcurley
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 2:56:56 AM

I don't understand the point of the article. Yes, the solar panels provide power during daylight and there's no power at nighttime.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 11:36:22 PM


The southwest has lots of sun just ready for converting to electricity.
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:55:34 PM

Hmmm...
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:49:57 PM


Thanks everyone for your great comments!
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:41:59 PM

Another "doh!" Moment
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Catfish93001
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:20:18 PM

Another opportunity for innovation!
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:48:46 PM

A waste of taxpayer money.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:28:35 PM

ok
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katiejayWV
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:50:43 PM

nigelb. This right winger believes in climate change, just NOT man made climate change like you left wing whack jobs.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:40:25 PM

as long as my tax dollars don't go towards it.
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Meridethkun
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:30:42 PM

Must be frustrating.
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middlegrey
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:29:37 PM

yeah...
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nigelb
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:29:00 PM

Hopefully this is a once in a lifetime event, although with global climate change it might not be. I know the Reich Wingers will deny climate change but it is a fact and the proof will be more frequent storms like Sandy.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:27:28 PM

GO GO GO!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:25:18 PM


Interesting.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:15:55 PM

Too bad.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:15:30 PM

Hummmmmm!
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ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:12:13 PM

Not very good for them.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:10:18 PM

Another bs lie from the administration
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:06:14 PM

well DUH!!
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freedom27
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:04:42 PM

I have often wondered why Arizona isn't entirely solar powered. It must be too expensive?
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:04:35 PM

Solar is still too expensive for the average working man to install.
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Car54BC08
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Nothing wrong with being self sufficient
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:02:12 PM

Listen, many solar sales representative are nothing more than the house siding guys from the late fifty's. The idea is worthy, but it is still a big con job!
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:01:24 PM

It is truly moronic that these systems are not capable of being used in isolation.
Duh!
Jeez, install a transfer switch already.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:00:47 PM

I hope they can ....
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:00:40 PM

An "oasis"...?
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:59:22 PM

Obama will find some way of giving away solar panels to any and all who have supported his reelection.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:55:47 PM

"popular perception" is another way of saying people are clueless and uneducated when they bought into the solar dream. I didn't think there were people that would spend $70k and not understand what theu bought.

I'm sure the clueless cry babies will figure a way for Obama a friends to give them free battery systems at taxpayer expense.

Their next complaint will be all the danger the hazardous batteries are forcing into their lives.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:50:14 PM

What a joke if not for all of the surrounding devastation.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:46:46 PM

Okay,
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:43:36 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:43:33 PM

Another handout in the works.
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A sucker is born every minute
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SteveSeattle
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:41:42 PM

Do they have electricity for the day time?
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:40:54 PM

Waste
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papou
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:38:21 PM

sure obama will give them free money ?
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:36:50 PM

surprise!
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:36:27 PM

The technology is just not there yet to make solar economical in all but a very few instances.
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You don't mess with Mother Nature
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:31:54 PM

solar can still make sense, but you need to understand that the payback
is years away: just like a hybrid vehicle. with a large upfront cost, there
actually might never be a payback, or with a car, if you don't keep it
5 years, you're just wasting money.
storage continues to be the big hangup. a really big battery, that doesn't
cost more than your house, has yet to hit the market.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:28:06 PM

Oops alright.
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OldMoses
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Can't get much greener than freezing your ass off and sitting in the dark.
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kbierley
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Oops! How about a big battery?
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You still need wires and poles, to late to go under ground, you need livable housing, you can't go to the store and bring a bag full home.
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hunh?
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