Thin Film panels?
I was curious, with regard to your discussion of Solar system costs, if there were more variables to be considered such as using cheaper thin film type panels. I guess, for one, that these aren’t actually available for residential construction yet as I can’t find them on line anywhere. But I assume they soon will be. I think First Solar just signed an agreement to make theirs available (in California ?).
Anyway, when they do become available, won’t they dramatically reduce the cost? I realize also that they’ll take up more space since they are less efficient per square foot, but fortunately almost all of my roof is facing south so there’s plenty of room.
I’m glad to see that solar is already on par with other forms of energy when played out over the life of the panels. I’m looking forward to the time I can jump in and ‘make a difference’, but in my situation, I still need a little more of a price break.
Thanks in advance,