A member of our UU church is getting solar power installed as a DIY project and it is written about in his blog. It provides a meaningful overview and describes the steps required.
The author of the blog (Gary) notes:
"SWEPCO ABCs: Voting with our dollars
The prospect of major transmission lines running through our land has finally raised the cost benefit analysis to A Bigger Context (remember your ABCs!). When we consider the environmental and social costs of conventional power generation and distribution, it becomes clear we cannot continue to support them with our dollars. We are switching our vote to solar and the entire movement toward more people and earth friendly technologies. Our goal is net zero: to generate as much electricity as we use."
I can see why the power companies are lining up against solar and demanding foolish projects like the one they are trying to force on us. They're dumb. And in the meantime, Corporate America is abandoning the grid. If we do the same thing, the huge coal dependent power companies will become dinosaurs.
"So what will happen to the dinosaur utilities? Look at this wonderful statement from a top executive at American Electric Power: “Am I going to just sit here and take it and ultimately be a caretaker of a museum?” Deciding against that path, he further suggested that perhaps the big power companies ought to give in and make themselves useful by helping companies install their own electricity-generating equipment."Another article tells that Citi Corp has endorsed solar energy, not for environmental reasons, but for economic common sense. In reading the AEP/SWEPCO application to desecrate our community, we all become convinced of their utter stupidity. Seems like the nation's most powerful bankers are lining up in agreement. New Report from Citigroup: Solar energy is here to stay. Today in the wood shop, my lower elementary school students finished their musical instruments, finished their boxes and began making toy vehicles.
The middle school students worked on drop spindles, knitting spools, spool knitting, and boxes.
Make, fix and create.... choose the path that leads to the greatest possible direct, personal engagement in real life.