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A solar education

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Can the roofing industry rise to the challenge?

by David Riley
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The U.S. faces serious energy challenges. With aging nuclear facilities, increased strain on fossil fuel sources and the International Energy Agency projecting a 76 percent increase in energy demand by 2030, renewable-energy sources—such as solar energy—have a big future.

Solar energy also presents serious dilemmas, including high capital costs, broad skill sets required to build photovoltaic (PV) systems and problems created by widespread grid-connected PV systems. However, unlike other energy sources, we won't run out of solar energy any time soon; we just need to learn how to better harness solar resources.

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Posted by Fel on 9/5/2011, User rating 
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Thanks for this insightful and knowledgeable article. Your point -- "Too often, we incorrectly compare a PV system's cost to the cost of electricity produced from existing power plants. But if the full costs of developing new power plants and fuel development are considered, solar energy is cheaper to create than other forms of electricity" -- needs to be a key part of the dialog when making energy policy. All too often it is ignored or dismissed.

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