I have a church member in intensive care over in NJ so I've crossed the Delaware several times in the past week. The town where the hospital is has solar panels on telephone poles: not all of them but a lot. I figure they are to light the street lights.
Now this is in NJ, not some place with sun from April to November like CA, AZ or NV. There are less days of sun in NJ but those solar panels will still pick up power. The up front cost for a town would be steep but the long run savings would be great. I thought, "How cool is that!" which got me to thinking. (I know some of you are thinking, "Well duh Bob, but sometimes you have to see something to think about it.)
I do know this: there is some plastic in those things and plastic is make from petroleum products. But what a great way to use petroleum products while we still have some?
So, how much would it cost to have solar panels installed on the roof of the house? How much would it cost to make my own solar panels and put them up myself?
Some research and some answers later.