First off to put the solar panels on the roof means you need to have the house checked out to see if the roof is strong enough to bear the extra weight of the solar pannels and there supports
When was the last time you heard of a roof in a modern home that wouldn't support solar panels? They aren't that heavy and they get lighter every year. Nanosolar
ones are printed on thin metal strips. Very, very light.
Then there is the cost of the solar panels basicaly your saying every home now needs to have extra wiring extra supports extra places to store the energy. This all makes new homes more expensive in a down housing slump. This also begs the question do we make it a law? not gonna happen.
It could easily happen in California. We were one of the first, if not the first, state to ban incandescent light bulbs
(over time). I would vote for such a law.
I think the law should be that all new houses have to have some form of clean energy installed, be it wind, solar, whichever, sufficient to entirely power the home, given that the sun is shining and/or the wind is blowing, and this should be phased in over time.
Also, all states should allow net metering
, the practice of selling excess energy from the solar panel on your roof back to the grid.
And as for the melt down worries it all depends. Think about it this way if a meltdown accours what happens?
Potentially, there's a large release of radiation, and if the reactor is near a highly populated area, people could die. That's what happens.
It gets capped and remove for one of the hyperions atleast.
Oh yeah, they are really going to replace Chernobyl with another reactor. btw the hyperion reactor is not fully portable. Only the vessel is portable. You have to run water lines into and out of it, to cool it. There would be non-buried infrastructure you have to build.
And anyways a you'll find more radiation coming from a coal plant than a nuke plant add to that the "big deal" after 5 mile island was contaminated milk. Heck you get as much radiation from a bananna as from that milk.
I am a nuclear submarine veteran. If I were a Greenpeace type, I picked the wrong job at that time. :roll: And yes, after you volunteer for the Navy, you have to volunteer for submarines separately; the Navy can't assign you to one against your will. Nuclear power, when done correctly, is fine,
but there are real dangers and they really have to be mitigated. It isn't a joke.
It is still debatable, of course, but in my opinion, hundreds of nuclear reactors around the country is a terrible idea. We should use them, to help power industry (residential users don't need them in most places), but that doesn't mean they should be near highly populated areas. Do it safely and sanely.
Solar, on the other hand, is perfectly safe. A modern 5 bedroom home can easily be powered by PV panels on the roof given adequate sunshine. No meltdown, no radiation, no danger.