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#1 of 11 Old 06-24-2008, 08:59 AM - Thread Starter
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My dad mentioned he heard something about the government having grant money available for families who wanted to convert to solar panels and install wind turbines. It was in an effort to encourage alternate energy use. Has anyone heard of this? If so, sign me up! We've been wanting solar panels, and our house is in a perfect location for both solar panels and a wind turbine.
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This has been my DH's little project lately, he has been searching to see how much grant money is out there to help with the cost of installing alternative energy. I don't know too much about it, but he has told me a little. There is money available, but at this point it's not enough for us to justify the expense.

We're back to waiting for better technology and more government grants. We don't live in the ideal location for either solar or wind, so for us the installation costs would have to be fairly low. We would never recoup the cost of installation at this point.

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The installation costs are what are stopping us at this point too. Oh well. I guess I'll keep wishing lol.
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I saw a show on the science channel, I think, about a cheaper type of solar panel, a thin plastic. Does anyone know how many years they are away from a commercially-available product? It looked like it would do away with big bulky panels, which should cut installation cost...
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I saw a show on the science channel, I think, about a cheaper type of solar panel, a thin plastic. Does anyone know how many years they are away from a commercially-available product? It looked like it would do away with big bulky panels, which should cut installation cost...
They're out there. mother earth news did an article last year I think. They put them on a metal barn roof. Company's in MI. I think they are backordered. Look on their site for the article.

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Regarding the grant programs, the only thing I have come accross was for businesses from the USDA. I emailed the guy in charge here in our state and he said that a business would have to be officially formed and that they give preference to those whith an education initiative.
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We are wondering the same thing. I've heard that there are rebates for after you install them, but I haven't heard of grants. Hmm. Looks like I might need to do more research!!
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Hi all, I am 25 years old and I am studying in business administration. I just got into the really selective entrepreneurship program, but I may not have a high enough GPA to maintain my scholarship at the end and now I’m so worried. Do I transfer to another college? Does anyone know how I can easily get my hands on other scholarships out there that aren't that hard to get? Thanking you,
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If you don't find anything on the federal side, try the state agencies. We got a rebate through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund since we used one of their approved installers.

Best of luck!
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Wind Turbine Syndrome

Just something to research.. a recent study on wind turbines (the big ones) found that they impact some people's health in a negative way.
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Different states have different incentive programs. Some of the major solar companies will help you find all the incentives in your area. Or look up solar rebates and your state name on google.
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