U team's solar-powered house is headed to national contest

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 15, 2009 - 11:26 PM
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fish60Sep. 15, 0910:55 AM

This is great news! I'm glad to see solar energy finally become mainstream. Even in MN it's possible to build solar heated homes. There's a commercial building in Pine River that uses solar heating. It has a 16,000 btu backup furnace. My home has an 80,0000 btu furnance and is about 1/10th the size.

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toolman28Sep. 15, 0912:00 PM

Lets wait and see the right wingers start posting that inovation is bad and the only way we can survive is to burn as much coal and oil as possible

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longnejaSep. 15, 0912:08 PM

They are busy right now - Glenn Beck is on.

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wild4mnSep. 15, 0912:27 PM

I'm a "rightwinger" and I love anything that will potentially save me money. I use solar lights (not just the tiny decorative ones) for my patio area and have a solar powered motion sensor flood light on my garage. It has to be efficient and cost effective, but if it can stand on its own and be reliable it is a great development.

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ndfarmboySep. 15, 0912:34 PM

... a house that is economically feasible and sensible. Leftwingers want the government, that is everyone but themselves, to pay for the exact opposite.

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l2thinkSep. 15, 09 2:37 PM

Can we leave the political BS out of just one article?

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iluvminnSep. 15, 09 2:58 PM

for our solar energy system this year. The youngest of our 3 person concrete team was a 53 year old grandma. Her husband, helper number two, was in critical condition for 3 months last winter. I'll take a redneck grandma over a lazy know-it-all kid any day. Solar is happening, and everybody is doing it. And not for show and tell.

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samae123Sep. 15, 09 3:31 PM

Leave it to a simple closed minded liberal to make solar energy a political thing. IF it works and saves money I'll bet you will see the conservative republicans jumping into solar. But DON't cram it down our throats as a solution until it can be proven to be COST EFFECTIVE, one thing a democrat doesn't care about because they want to use other peoples money ha ha. Go non-government mandated cost effective solar!!!!!!!

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notaxmaxSep. 15, 09 4:25 PM

My work background is extensively in the power generation field and from my viewpoint solar isn't viable yet. It slows down drastically under clouds,doesn't work at all at night and is expensive for the amount of power produced. No one puts them in without a subsidy, the last cost figures I saw were solar costing about 40 times steam generated power. Given all the bad things, if you are in a remote location or want to heat water for a swimming pool they work ok, but even then the purchase cost overwhelms any savings and before you get a payback the units are worn out.

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mnborn2Sep. 15, 09 4:55 PM

Didn't they install solar panels at a Hennepin County facility in Medina? And the payback is what, 80 to 100 years? Is that cost effective?

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