Response to FBaggins (Reply #32)
Tue May 1, 2012, 05:47 PM
kristopher (22,963 posts)
33. Louisiana Solar Rebates and Incentives
"Still that's a laugher that will stick. You see a category five hurricane killing people and think that solar power would have saved the day." :rofl"
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Louisiana Rebates and Incentives Summary
These days you canít talk about Louisiana without talking about at least some of the destruction itís seen as a result of Hurricane Katrina or the more recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill. But within that destruction there is also hope, and a lot of that hope lies in solar power. To help encourage more homes and businesses to adopt renewable energy and to help protect this coastal state from experiencing more of the devastation wrought by the hurricanes of 2005, the state is offering rebates and other incentives to make its citizens more energy independent.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, solar became a primary power source, since the grid was down and getting adequate fuel to run diesel emergency generators was nearly impossible. Now, as part of the rebuilding effort groups like Brad Pittís Make It Right Foundation, Mikhail Gorbachevís Green Cross International and neighborhood associations are rebuilding New Orleans homes with sustainability and solar in mind. Louisianaís economy is largely a fossil fuel-based economy, but British Petroleumís Deepwater Horizon fiasco in the summer of 2010 highlighted problems with continuing to rely on fossil fuels as an energy source.
Most of Louisiana gets more than 5 kilowatt hours of sunlight per square meter on a daily basis. Thatís more than enough to justify a photovoltaic (PV) system, although the solar isnít as rich as that hitting the Southwest. Still, Louisianaís electric supply is dominated by natural gas power plants, which produce nearly one half of the stateís power. Coal-fired power plants produce another quarter of the stateís energy needs and two nuclear power plants provide an additional fifth of Louisianaís energy needs. Per capita electricity use in the state is high. The state has hot, humid summers, residential use of air conditioners is high, and most homes use electric heaters in the winter.
To quote Baggins again,
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