I would like to see more environmental responsibility displayed by the companies who sell us these products claiming they are the solution to 'saving the planet'
Merlyn wrote:I would expect them to use solar to power their machines, factories and such at the very least. Mining trash is ok, but definitely use solar to convert it to the road base.
It is a trade off in some ways, we either mine rock for roads or sand for solar roads. I would have to consider it an idea which would work for smaller communities at first.
Merlyn wrote:They will use the same energy to make asphalt, that will never return the energy.
It is a chicken or the egg thing, and they thus must start somewhere, and of course make them much more efficient, with more effective results and methods.
Merlyn wrote:I don't see anyone tearing up roads to make them gravel, at least not here.
Some Michigan counties have turned a few once-paved rural roads back to gravel to save money.
More than 20 of the state's 83 counties have reverted deteriorating paved roads to gravel in the last few years, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. The counties are struggling with their budgets because tax revenues have declined in the lingering recession.
Montcalm County converted nearly 10 miles of primary road to gravel this spring.
The county estimates it takes about $10,000 to grind up a mile of pavement and put down gravel. It takes more than $100,000 to repave a mile of road.
Reverting to gravel has happened in a few other states but it is most typical in Michigan. At least 50 miles have been reverted in the state in the past three years.
DJ Drooods quote wrote:The county estimates it takes about $10,000 to grind up a mile of pavement and put down gravel. It takes more than $100,000 to repave a mile of road.
The nation's poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994, and the 43.6 million Americans in need is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping, the government said Thursday.
Merlyn wrote:The "live in the suburbs, commute to work" lifestyle might just be changing to what is now called "locavore"
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Solar kWh Generated Per Year 9,713 Per PV Watts
SYSTEM COST $42,657 Estimated Fully Installed Cost
Federal Income Tax Credit ($12,797) Federal Income Tax Credit (30%)
SYSTEM NET COST $29,860 System Cost less Solar Incentives
Electricity Savings - Annual - 5 Yr. Avg. $1,599.26
REC Income - Annual - 5 Yr. Avg. $2,403.96 VA Renewable Energy Credits
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Return on Investment Cost
Solar PV Economic Analysis
13.4% Avg. Solar Savings Return on Net Payback Year 7.6 At 5.2% Electrical Rate Increase per Year*
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Annual Solar Savings (Avg.) $4,003
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Pollution Offset - CO2 Saved Per Year - Tons 10.10 1.3 tons per KW per year * System Size
Merlyn wrote:Ok... now
If I could just figure out how to "plug-in" to my trees... (have a couple of thousand here) and convert sap rising (and falling) energy into electric power...
Building a windmill..
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