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Solar/Eco heating is still highly specialised, so there are limited economies of scale at the consumer end.

But PVs and panel prices have been heading downwards steadily. If some of the subsidies were diverted from Dinosaur Energy to New Energy, it's likely there would be some impressive cost reductions fairly quickly.

As always, the real issues are political. Fossils have had power over governments for a long time, and are embedded in the financial and political establishment.

New Energy is challenging that - but still making good headway, regardless.

The change has to happen eventually. The real question is whether it happens smoothly, or whether fossils lemming themselves and everyone else off the cliff edge before the rest of us get a chance to pick up the pieces and start being sane about energy.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2013 at 08:27:05 AM EST
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