Falling clean energy costs, diversified sources, and distributed energy systems are laying the foundation for a new era of personalized power generation.
uring a recent stay in Maine for a little R&R, I talked with a retiree who produces all his electricity for his lakeside cabin with on-site solar panels. He uses a couple of marine batteries for storage. “Works great!” he said, “It powers everything we need – appliances, everything.” Once upon a time, I would’ve dismissed such a set-up as a novelty – it’s not particularly uncommon to have on-site power generation in remote or rural areas such as the Maine Highlands. But when he ran down his cost outlays for his system, which powers a washer, refrigerator, and everything else a modern home needs, I realized this guy is the model for a clean energy future.
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