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The revised stimulus bill still has a substantial largess for solar as of Friday the 13th.


Do you have a link with the details regarding Solar in the porkulus package?


Sorry, I do not have a link. I do not believe the porkulus has been published. The President has not yet signed it.

The source of the solar info was a CNBC reporter who was commenting on the advisability of investing in First Solar and the porkulus.

Al Fin

No one has read the porkulus. But the world as we know it will end if it isn't implemented.

Re: power generation in the third world, it's important to factor in average population IQ. In Vietnam, the IQ is plenty high enough (avg IQ 95 +) to maintain virtually any power technology, given the capital investment. In most sub-saharan African countries (avg. IQ 70) not so.

The cost of a technology can go low enough so western countries can donate any number of low-cost systems. If the locals don't maintain the equipment, too bad. Waste all around.


Al Fin,

I don't think differences in national IQ are for reasons any more than lack of access to schools, Internet, a culture that nurtures knowledge, etc. It is not biological.

Note that some cultures are 'wheelbarrow' cultures, i.e. cultures that fail collectively, but do extremely well when they migrate into more open societies.


GK, sorry to post this here but could you please do a section on this? The US Army is recruiting temporary immigrants with knowledge of Hindi/Tamil for their operations in Iraq/Afghanistan. I find it pretty insane. Thanks!



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In the article, I don't see anywhere that the immigrants chosen who speak Hindi and Tamil are needed in Afghanistan. They are seeking Chinese and Russian speakers too. They just want a mix.

This is the typical unprofessionally done article at Rediff, starting out with the first sentence having nothing to do with the content of the article.


In the article"Solar Power's Next 5 Game-Changing Technologies" the data provided are good. I suggest to you to visit http://investmentsinenergy.com. This site has plenty of info regarding Solar energy investment and energy investment by various firms across the world.

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We are looking at buying a house and renovating it, and were wondering about using solar or wind power to power much of our house. We will have a well, be on a septic system, have a wood burning furnace for heating the house, so we would like to have solar or wind power so we can use as little electricity as possible (its insanely expensive here!). We also have our appliances (fridge, stove, washer, dryer, freezer).
How much would a basic set up be for a 900 sq ft, 3 bedroom house?

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You really did a great job on this research. All of us would probably benefit from these game changing technologies in the near future and I can't wait for that.

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