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stump172:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/02/23/1991849/new-txu-solar-power-venture-drops.html

Their website says that these are grid tied with no battery backup and shut down during a power outage. So, this might not be the kind of thing for us, from a preparedness view, but it does look like an interesting program.  Anything that lowers the cost of solar, can't be too bad.

More info here:
http://www.txu.com/solar

ZX9RCAM:

--- Quote from: stump172 on February 24, 2010, 05:04:45 PM ---http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/02/23/1991849/new-txu-solar-power-venture-drops.html

Their website says that these are grid tied with no battery backup and shut down during a power outage. So, this might not be the kind of thing for us, from a preparedness view, but it does look like an interesting program.  Anything that lowers the cost of solar, can't be too bad.

More info here:
http://www.txu.com/solar


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This is strictly for the safety of any repairmen.....don't want them coming into contact with hot lines, lol.
I would presume one could wire up a switch to divert the power to batteries for for back-up.

Ekunga:

--- Quote from: stump172 on February 24, 2010, 05:04:45 PM ---Anything that lowers the cost of solar, can't be too bad.

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I think you miss the point that every part of society acts to maximise profits. Therefore you will never see solar panels become cheap while scheme like this exist, all that happens is every set of hands on the way to you increases the price to a point where you are still paying the same after the scheme as you would before.

Also as you increase the number of these scheme there is less incentive for competition in the market to bring prices down. I believe that solar will only start to decrease in price once all the incentives dissapear and the price is driven by the real market not the artifical market that currently exists.

Truik:
And they only lease them to you. Then remove them from your home while they would still have many years of usable service they could provide.

I would be more interested if they actually sold them and then I could hook up a battery back up to make them REALLY useful.

OvillaBrown:
My neighbor was able to get on this program. He put a down payment of $ 3,500 and he’s done. He does not have to pay anymore. The solar cells are supposed to save him about $200 per month on his electric bill. That is almost too good to be true!

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