Here’s a bright idea: what if, instead of buying solar panels to keep your electricity bills down, solar companies put them on your roof free, allowing you to pay them back with excess energy that you didn’t need? Well, it’s already happening, report Ben Cubby and Peter Hannam at the Sydney Morning Herald. Solar panel installation with no up-front payments, paid off over several years from the money saved out of your power bills, began in Australia almost two years ago. In a few years, it is likely that companies will be competing with each other to pay Australians for the privilege of using their roofs to generate electricity. If that sounds fanciful, bear in mind that a decade ago there were just a few hundred working solar-powered homes in Australia, run mostly at significant personal expense by enthusiasts. By the end of 2012, nearly 1 million solar systems were installed, and the number cruised past 1million earlier this year. Slowly but surely, the renewable energy business model is tilting the balance of power in favor of Australian customers, rather than the big corporations – an idea ripe for the US.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
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