Average Daily Solar Radiation
So… even in Fargo, North Dakota (lat. 46’52″N, no palm trees in sight) such a system would get on average 6-7 kWh of solar radiation per day, for every square meter of panel. Even with the least efficient panel available currently, at around 10% energy conversion, this means that for a mere 10 square meter system a home would generate ~6.5 kWh per day. And I should point out that panels are now being tested with conversion efficiencies upwards of 20%.
The rub? Price, as always. And that’s where your government feathers (see previous post) come in. How about this idea: we reduce defence spending by $30 billion/year and increase “black” fuel taxes by $30 billion/year and spend the $60 billion in installing state of the art solar panels in people’s homes FOR FREE through a lottery system. That should come to about 2 million installations every year. Not bad for such a small bunch of feathers, eh?
For your information, the federal government already spends $600 billion on defence every year. As for the other $30 billion, we could raise this entire sum by an extra 10 cents tax at the gas pump.