Solar power is now within the reach of average homeowners, like Craig Garrison-Mogren. Improvements in the technology have made solar systems more practical and efficient.
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There's also more of a design choice on the market, with everything from slate solar to no-fringe panels. And government incentives are making them more affordable. Craig has decided to install photovoltaic solar panels on his 1960’s home in Jessup, Maryland.
The deciding factor: the newer PV panels preserve up to 95 percent of the energy collected, a significant increase over the older models. While the system will cost about the same as a new economy car, Craig estimates that his two-kilowatt system will cover about half of his monthly electric bill. He will also receive tax credits for making the switch.
Gardeners are already hip to the fact that solar power helps plants grow, so why not use sunlight to help the garden glow?