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December 03, 2008 – Comments (2)

How about spending billions of our economic recovery fund on painting every house in america with that new solar power paint, and putting in those windows that capture solar power...then spending the rest of the money on building up the power grid so that we can shift energy where it needs to go.

The effect of this will be to decentralize energy in america.

Some experts are saying that in a decade or two solar and wind power will be effecient enough to supply all of our energy needs.

http://www.livescience.com/environment/080219-kurzweil-solar.html

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#1) On December 03, 2008 at 12:53 PM, GNUBEE (< 20) wrote:

Just give away free energy? How long does this paint last?

So it's a quick fix for free energy? Then we are poorer, and have peeling paint? Can you apply it to vinyl, asphalt shingles? What are my color choices?

Sounds good if you can make the paint last forever, adhere to anything, and look good.

How will the utilities maintain current generation capacity if there revenues are slashed? We will still need traditional methods for night time consumption, but will see rates skyrocket to make up for lost "peak" hours.

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#2) On December 03, 2008 at 1:05 PM, hansthered0 (< 20) wrote:

Well the idea is that all or a portion of our energy needs will come from the community. So I paint my house and put in that solar glass, my energy bill goes down because I create some energy and add it to the grid. The government helps to pay for this because it creates jobs and green energy.

With a more effecient grid we can share energy from parts of the country where it is sunny to parts where it is not.

It's not a quick fix, its a more durrable solution that will create jobs (painters, people laying wire, glass manufacturers) and reduce our need for fossile fuels to create electricity.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13424

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