Forget a Chicken in Every Pot—America Needs a Solar Panel on Every Roof

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The remedy to America’s addiction to foreign oil isn’t natural gas, it’s the free power of the sun.


The biggest news in solar power is the mainstreaming of distributed generation. Call it a suburban dream, version 2.0: a chicken in every backyard, an electric vehicle in every garage, and a solar panel on every roof. Americans want more solar power, and solar companies are now ubiquitous at home improvement shows. The wonks call it distributed generation, but friendlier names abound: rooftop solar, “locapower,” or “you own your own power.”

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