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“Yes, many many brands of CFLs are poorly made and provide the color warmth found in an operating table's overhead light or a warehouse. And Yes, LEDs are the future, but at $65 a bulb, won't be mainstream for some time.
What most people don't realize is that there are great quality CFLs being made that provide the color warmth and color temperature that are on par with incandescent lamps.
When buying CFLs (or any bulb), you have to choose the right one for the job. Soft white CFLS (2700-2800 degrees Kelvin rated) are perfect for living room and bedroom lighting. They are dimmable and "instant-on".
Although I applaud their efforts, big box stores tend to stock the worst CFLs. People try them (Americans are adventurous!), see the awful light and return to incandescents.
CFLs work! Do a little research and find bulbs that are soft white or warm white. You'll be pleased.
“A great point, and one that continues to be a thorn in the side of Solar PV's growth.
However, Solar PV won't attain the needed levels of adoption with a purely free-market approach. The free market (wonderful for so many things) doesn't have a strong track record of initially spurring forward-thinking infrastructure/societal benefits.
What will drive the cost per kWh down is further adoption. Incentives for adoption *have* done exactly this, as we have seen both the efficiencies of panels increase substantially (now up to 18%), while the cost per kWh has declined substantially as the demand has risen.
Surely, there is a lot more progress to be had, but let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good on Solar...
“The new Federal and State incentives enacted have finally made Solar Power a reality for many homeowners. In most cases, the incentives will pay for 60-75% of the total installed cost.
Additionally, New York City provides a tax abatement on your property for 4 years when you install Solar PV to generate electricity. An average sized system costs $25,000. With the new incentives, this cost drops to less than $5000.
What we need to do is eliminate or reduce the upfront out-of-pocket costs, and allow homeowners to pay for the system over time. Some states (California) allow a leasing plan, removing a significant barrier to adoption.
hp blogger Patrick Takahashi on Feb 1, 2009 at 02:39:18
“I am generally in favor of developing solar PV, but I fear the current technology remains too expensive, for the best cost I can find is an optimistic 20 cents/kWh (and this could well be closer to 25 cents/kWh) when utility-scale solar thermal is half this cost and wind farm power about a quarter. Nanosolar and other companies tout "cheaper than coal," but until I see something a bit more competitive, I can only express mild support for this technology. Now, if our society can accept externalities such as security, global warming credits, de-centralization, etc., then, PV begins to look attractive. Our country and the world at large, are, though, not quite there yet.”