15 Aug '11, 12pm

A Solar Panel on Every Roof? In US, Still a Distant Dream

A Solar Panel on Every Roof? In U.S., Still a Distant Dream Daunted by high up-front costs, U.S. homeowners continue to shy away from residential solar power systems, even as utility-scale solar projects are taking off. But with do-it-yourself kits and other innovative installation approaches now on the market, residential solar is having modest growth. by dave levitan It seems like the ultimate in green technology for an emissions-savvy citizen of the 21st century: solar panels on your roof, providing carbon dioxide-free electricity whenever the sun is shining. But as huge utility-scale solar and wind projects continue to make news and the economy continues to struggle, the state of the residential solar sector in the United States remains decidedly mixed. From the first quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter, installations of U.S. residential solar systems rose from 62 me...

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