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Scott Davis

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You bet it is! Here are just a few of the many good reasons to enjoy solar. Solar offers:

- A measure of self sufficiency. It's great to have another option to keep our families warm during the winter and have hot water all year.

- An opportunity to be good stewards with our planet Earth and a way to leave a thriving habitat for our children and theirs. There is only so much fossil fuel here and once it is gone, it's gone. We may be creating other problems for ourselves along the way as we burn fossil fuels (pollution, global warming, etc).

- An inexhaustible fuel supply. Eventually, clean, renewable alternatives will be the only alternatives. It's a huge issue, and the fact that anyone can use inexpensive, readily available materials to help fix the problem is wonderful! The sun is strong, it provides lots of useful heat and rises every morning.

- A tremendous amount of reward, enjoyment and satisfaction! I can't stress this enough! While solar is the right thing to do for a whole host of reasons, one of the best is that solar is REALLY FUN, interesting and exciting! There is a genuine, lasting thrill by getting free heat, courtesy of the sun, especially with a project that you've built yourself! Your friends will be impressed too!

- An inexpensive hobby with a great return!. You can build simple solar systems for a song, but in the grand scheme, even investing several thousand dollars in solar is money very well spent. I've enjoyed Amateur Radio since I was 14 years old, I'm into astronomy, astrophotograpy and I have a very nice telescope. I've invested more than double in each of those other interests than what I have in solar. I can honestly say that working on solar projects has given me the most fun I've had in any hobby I've undertaken! Solar is very fun, interesting, it creates a learning environment with lots of opportunity for experimentation, returns your investment many times over and it is tremendously satisfying.

- A great payback! I haven't mentioned much about saving money. Having a hobby that pays us back many times our investment to enjoy is a GREAT additional benefit, but even if solar didn't pay us back, it's the right thing to do because it is clean, renewable, fun and interesting. Putting dollars back in our pockets is just icing on the cake!

Building solar projects gives us the opportunity to stay warmer, save money, think, learn, brainstorm, connect with others who share our interest and enjoy first hand, the fruits of our time spent on our solar hobby. There is nothing quite like feeling the free hot air blowing out of your collector across your hands, heating your home or taking a hot shower with water heated by your project! Our solar projects will continue to give us that wonderful return for decades. Building solar projects is a fun hobby that takes care of our planet and pays us too! Solar projects are very worthwhile and time well spent.


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And solar is worth pursuing, even on a small scale!  Solar is an excellent supplement to traditional heating methods and integrates seamlessly with existing, conventional systems. When your solar space heater is warming your house so that your conventional heat runs less often, or your solar warmed hot water has your hot water heater running less, you are saving money and helping the environment. Even if you start with one small solar panel, you'll gain confidence and experience with solar, and every BTU that panel generates is one less BTU that you will have to pay for.
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Solar enrgy is the future for sure and many people already know it. One of my friend use solar panels for their home and every year they save a lot electricity and cost. Now, even i also want to use some solar equipments for my home. Any suggestions???
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Hi Brokejame,


This is a forum full of suggestions and ideas!  Just browse the main topics and member projects sections for lots of possibilities!

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Solar industries are rising now, these are not limited to home but they are being used on large scale now. I am in the same field and I know the demand is increasing.

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If you can build it your self it's worth while, if you have to buy it , it would take a long time to pay for its self.
When I built my first ones 6 yrs ago and the news papers did a story on my panels there was interest and I sold a few, since then there is no interest here, heat pumps are the in thing, I have 2 my self.
I called Solar Nova Scotia a few month ago to talk about solar courses they put on and he said there is just no interest in them and he is now installing heat pumps and the solar is dead. I have 2 on my house and 3 on my shop and can be seen from the highway and no one in the last few years drop in to see them.
Cansolair does not sell many now from what they told me at solar ns.
Obama waisted a lot of tax payers money on solar and you see where that went, but then again he could not run a lemon aid stand, we still need oil ,coal, wood and natural gas to run the country and the pipe line build to ship our oil to US, but that will probably not be built as Obama has to please the liberals who are not using common sence.

Wayne -- NS
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Solar, and wind energy will never supply but a fraction of the worlds energy needs. They are highly inefficient in that they require vast amounts of space. They also suffer from limited location issues and dependency on the weather as well. Even if renewable energy is running at peak efficiency, a power plant is still needed. And until the next generation of cheap, renewable energy  comes along and take over for the current forms of energy, we will still need coal, natural gas and oil. 

I DO think solar is a great money saver when applied at the HOMEOWNER level and should be encouraged. Our governments sure give the big "green" projects lots of tax credits and funding. How about offering homeowners financial incentives to build energy saving projects of their own? Sure, a rebate on a light bulb is nice, but limited to the purchase. I'm all for having guidelines as far as safety issues are concerned, such as outgassing. But an inspection and/or guidelines should suffice. As was discussed on a different forum, government regulations tend to discourage such projects and competition.  A basic collector is easy enough to build that many homeowners with moderate skills should be able to handle this as a DIY project. And even if the homeowner didn't feel comfortable in their abilities as a DIYer, there are people that DO have the needed skills. Besides, what CAN'T you learn from the internet?[biggrin]

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I was just talking to Cansolair about their panels, best panel in the world , nothing else can touch it, 10,000 buts out a 4 in pipe. If you can see your shadow it will work. I was wanting to have a look at one , but there is only 1 dealer in NS and is not selling many. He said his sales in US have dropped bad.
Was fun putting questions to him and listening to all the BS.

Wayne--ns
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I just don't buy in to the "solar is dead" school of thought at all - solar is hear to stay, and will be around for as long as the sun is around...

(probably another 5 billion years at best estimates...)

We lose ourselves in macro arguments about pipelines and the pro's and con's of fracking shale gas etc.

Since most energy is consumed at the domestic level (37 % in France ) (that is, more than industry, agriculture and farming put together...), we should be applying ourselves at the MICRO level - i.e. our own homes and backyards...

If you are lucky, you can use solar to entirely replace your home heating system (be it gas or electric).

Translation: you can cut maybe 50 or 60 percent off your home's energy bill...
All you need is to study your environment and make some decisions and small investments...

Personally I don't give a toss if the neighbours think I'm off the wall because there's some plastic against my kitchen wall or garage door.,or they see me coming out of the scrapyard with a fan under my arm...

Stealthy solar collectors stretch the mind and are good for the environment.

I am now going down to check my Crawlspace Fan (I put it on 30 minutes ago, for a test - the temp was 13°C...

so back shortly...
hmm still 13...
I am getting fan effect today, my new configuration needs more work...)

Still, getting there !

If this fan works as announced, I am up for 3 kW of free heat, per hour !

5 hrs a day !

that is one-half of my homes "designed heating load"

Le's stay togeter on this one - Solar is Here to Stay...

The only reason some folks think the opposite, is, they can't make enough MONEY out of it[biggrin]
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"The only hard thing in solar DIY, is progressing your design while making it look like you're following the wife's requirements"


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Yes, solar power is worth it! A ton more people should be going solar than are actually going solar today. Society-wide, we need solar power big time. On an individual level, many people would benefit financially by going solar. There’s massive money to be saved by going solar… for many or even most households.
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