Title

"City" piece on "Solar 99," the nation's largest conference on solar energy, whi

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

5-27-1999

Pages

8

Abstract

"City" piece on "Solar 99," the nation's largest conference on solar energy, which will be held in Portland June 12-16. Since the 1970s, the biggest hurdle to harnessing the sun has been cost. Though conventional energy costs about 13 cents per kilowatt hour, solar power costs about 20 cents per kilowatt hour, a figure that includes the $10,000 to $20,000 it costs to install a photovoltaic system in an energy-efficient house. Another burden is public perception. Most solar companies that were launched with federal subsidies during the oil crisis of the 1970s folded when the subsidies dried up. But solar is still useful in places where there are no electric lines. These and other topics will be taken up at the June conference.

Subjects

Conferences, Solar energy

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